Sunday, February 27, 2011
Greek-Spiced Feta Burgers
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.
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.