Saturday, October 2, 2010

Greek Burgers

adapted from Food-o del Mundo

I love Greek food. The flavors manage to balance sharp and creamy, salty and sweet in a way that is marvelous. So when I saw this recipe for Greek style hamburgers, I just had to try it. They were wonderful, needing very little garnish except for a slice of tomato and Tzatziki sauce.

Hamburger patties
17 oz ground pork (500 mg)
1 egg
1/2 cup of bread crumbs (or oats)
1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup minced Kalamata olives
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Tzatziki sauce
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 finely chopped cucumber
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1-2 tsp dill

Hamburger buns
Tomato slices (for garnish)

Mix hamburger ingredients together well. Gently form 1/2 inch thick patties (1.25 cm), trying not to overwork the meat. Using a grill is optimal, but if that isn't available, just use a frying pan on the stove. Heat the stove very hot. Place the patty on the pan and let it sit. Do not push down on the burger, it lets all of the juices out. Fry on a hot stove, 7-9 minutes each side. Take off the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Prepare the Tzatziki sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Put the patty on a bun, with a layer of sauce and a tomato and enjoy!

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