Sunday, February 27, 2011

Greek-Spiced Feta Burgers

Create your own Greek spice mix and add some Feta cheese to the ground beef to make the burger. To complete the burger, make a homemade Tzatziki sauce add some veggies, stuff it into a pita and you've got yourself a Greek sandwich you will never forget! Let's get started!

Greek Spice Mix
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 tsp. granulated onion
1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Optional: 1 tsp. dried mint leaves

Mix thoroughly and set aside.

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, chuck or ground round works best
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp. Greek Spice Mix (see above)
4 pita pocket bread - sliced on top so burger can fit inside

Thinly sliced English cucumber (about 20 slices)
2 thinly-sliced Roma tomatoes (about 20 slices)
1/4 medium purple onion, thinly-sliced
Chopped lettuce (optional)
Tzatziki Sauce (see recipe below)

Mix the feta cheese and Greek spice into the ground beef. Then roll into a log and cut into desired number of burgers (we made 4). Press out to burger size and salt meat. (see photo below)

Grill burgers for 4-6 minutes on a side on medium high heat. Toast pita bread just before taking burgers off the grill.

Place one burger inside each of the pita pocket bread, then fill the pocket with 2 Tbsp. of Tzatziki sauce. Add cucumber, tomatoes, onion and lettuce to complete the sandwich.

Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 cup Plain (unflavored) Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup peeled cucumber, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dried dillweed
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

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