Recipe: Gorgonzola Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

by Cate on January 7, 2010

Inside Shot

Don’t you just want a big bite of that?  On a week that started with Booze Battered Shrimp and continued on with Herbed Pull-Apart Rolls, I feel good that we can end the week with these … Gorgonzola Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.  While they may look like you should head to the nearest treadmill after eating them, I assure you, looks are deceiving.  These come from a special issue of Shape magazine, 21 Days to Your Best Body, and will supply you with a third of your daily protein requirement.  Each burger, complete with a quarter-cup of cucumber yogurt sauce, is only 292 calories and boasts 26 grams of protein.

They look divine.


And they taste even better.

Burger and Fries

Now, for me, it was the gorgonzola that put these babies on our menu plan for the week.  I am a sucker for a sharp, deep, rich cheese from the bleu family, and these do not disappoint.  Top it with a sauce, and I’m in heaven.  The cucumber yogurt sauce is nearly identical to the traditional Tzatiki sauce, one of my favorite condiments, particularly mixed with a little ketchup.

The burgers are quick to make.  Divinely delicious.  And a bite that won’t leave you feel guilty.  Gorgonzola not your thing?  Although it might change the nutritional stats, substitute it with your favorite cheese.  Go Greek all the way and use feta instead.  Or stick closer to home and use a nice sharp Cheddar.  Whichever way you go, you’ll be lovin’ this one.  I can almost certainly guarantee it.

Project 365
January 7, 2010, Photo #7

Funny Boy

During the day, my camera is often hanging out in the living room or the kitchen, just in case there’s a photo moment that Nick or the babysitter can’t resist, so sometimes when I download my pictures at night, there’s a surprise or two waiting for me. Such was the case tonight. Apparently when I was making dinner, Nick took the opportunity to take a few self-portraits.

Gorgonzola Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Shape magazine

Cooking spray
1 pound extra-lean ground sirloin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 1-inch cubes Gorgonzola or any blue cheese (about 4 ounces total)
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
¼ cup shredded cucumber
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 whole-wheat rolls

Spritz a large grill pan with cooking spray; set over medium heat. In a large bowl, combine sirloin, salt, and pepper. Shape mixture into 4 equal balls. Press a cube of Gorgonzola into the center of each, covering cheese completely with meat. Shape balls into patties, each about 1 inch thick. Place burgers on hot pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side until cooked through (less for medium-rare meat). Meanwhile, mix next 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place burgers on rolls and top each with 2 tablespoons yogurt sauce. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

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Kalynskitchen January 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Love the self portrait by Nick! He is so big, hard to believe it.

The burgers look fantastic. I share your love of gorgonzola, yum!


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

The burgers sound excellent with Gorgonzola! I have a bunch of it right now and will be making the burgers this weekend.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

I LOVE cucumber yogurt sauce. I’m pretty sure I could eat it straight!! So refreshing!


Joanne January 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

I absolutely love gorgonzola in burgers! Sounds even better with the cucumber yogurt sauce. So good. And it proves that you can still eat good food while dieting.

Nick is adorable. If slightly camera happy ;)


Sarah Caron January 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

Yum, those sound awesome! I love burgers stuffed with blue-veined cheese. They are the best.


Ramona January 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

I know it says Gorgonzola but we don’t eat blue cheese. Would have to sub something else.

Never thought of a yogurt sauce to top a burger. It’s a very good idea and looks good.


Debbie January 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

Looks delicious. I have to try these. The yogurt sauce makes it look fantastic. My 10 year old son does the same thing as Nick. Loves taking picsof himself. He has even taking videos and narrates!!!


jan January 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

nice take on tzatziki! And using feta is a nice sub for gorg. (the tzatziki is also nice on a chicken sandwich).
Thanks for the post!


Josie January 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

That picture of Nick is hysterical, and that burger makes me crave meat in a serious way.


Patsy January 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I’m all over those burgers! Printing it off now since it will fit in with my healthy eating plan right now!


Laura January 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

looks divine….the food and the pic of nick!


Kate @ Savour Fare January 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

These do look absolutely sinful, so it’s nice to hear they’re not. As a non-cucumber eater (I know, I know! But it’s my one last real food bugaboo), do you think I could just make an herbed raita (I’m thinking parsley and chives would be nice, maybe a little chervil)?


Shannon January 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

i would kill for a bite of that right now!!


Jen January 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I love gorgonzola on a burger! I also am a big fan of tzatiki sauce. I’ll be tryng these soon. Yum!


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