Roasted Garlic and Feta Beef Burgers

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. 
  2. Roast the garlic cloves with their skins on for about 20 minutes or until soft to the touch. 
  3. Remove the garlic from the oven and allow to cool slightly before squeezing out the sweet, caramelised paste from each clove. 
  4. Using your hands, combine the minced beef with the roasted garlic paste, feta cheese, red onion, Dijon mustard, origanum, cayenne pepper and egg and generously season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Divide the mince into 4 parts and roll each piece into a ball, then form into flat patties roughly 10cm wide and about 2cm thick. 
  6. To help firm up the patties, drizzle with olive oil, put them on a plate, cover and place in the refrigerator until needed. 
  7. Heat a griddle pan on a medium-high heat, brush the burger patties with oil and cook for 3 or 4 minutes on each side or to your liking. Use a spatula to lightly press down on them, making sure each burger is in full contact with the pan. 
  8. Build the burgers by topping them with mayonnaise, watercress, roasted garlic and feta patties, juicy tomato slices, parmesan shavings and cucumber ribbons.


  • 750g minced beef (non-lean)
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 8 garlic cloves, skins on
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp origanum
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 4 fresh burger rolls, sliced


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 40g fresh watercress
  • 80g Parmesan, shaved or grated
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 Mediterranean cucumber, sliced lengthways
General Info
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 10 min
Ready In: 40 min
Servings: 2-4 people
Tips & Tricks

For a smoky, flame-grilled flavour, grill the burger patties over an open fire. Lightly toast the inside of the rolls to prevent the bread from getting soggy.