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Greek Style Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

17 May
Greek Style Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

One of the fun things for me about cooking is, as you learn new things, you can use those things to build on and create other things. A few weeks ago I delved into Greek style cooking by making Grilled Steak Gyros. It was after making this I came up with the idea for a Greek style burger.

Yeild: 6 1/3lb Greek style hamburgers.

What you’ll need:

About an hour of time, less if you multitask.

2 lbs 80/20 ground beef

Kosher salt

Pepper

6 hamburger buns

1-2 tomatoes thickly sliced

1 small red onion

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup fetta cheese

1/2 recipe of tzatziki sauce (Can be made one day ahead, covered and refrigerated. Just be sure to press the plastic wrap onto the surface of the sauce.)

What to expect:

The tzatziki sauce and tomato will bring a nice fresh flavor to the burger and balance out well with the richness of the fetta cheese and beef.

How to do it:

Begin by making the pickled onion.

Slice the red onion as paper thin as you can.

Place in a small bowl and cover with the apple cider vinegar.

Next make the tzatziki sauce recipe.

Cover with plastic wrap being sure to press it down gently on top of the sauce, and place in the refrigerator.

By making it now you will be giving it time for the flavors to meld.

Divide your hamburger into 6 equal portions.

Form your patties, and season well with salt and pepper.

Gently pat or press the salt and pepper onto the patties.

Let set while you light your grill and get it up to temperature.

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Grill your burgers over direct coals as you would any other normal hamburger.

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Let cool slightly, so your tzatziki sauce doesn’t run as soon as you place it on the burger.

Now simply assemble the burgers by placing bun, burger, tzatziki sauce, fetta cheese, pickled onion, tomato and bun top.

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So next time you’re in the mood for something a little different, go Greek.

And remember what you cook is not nearly as important as WHO you cook it with. Have fun.

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4 responses to “Greek Style Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Dennis

    May 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Feta has a relatively high melting point and, depending on the variety, tends to be fairly dry. You could probably get away with mixing the feta right into the burger before forming your patties. I also like to mix tomato paste right into the meat for all my burgers- it might further enhance the tomato flavor in addition to the chopped tomatoes on this burger.
    – Dennis, Life Fermented Blog

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    • mrdodd

      May 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Brilliant idea adding tomato paste to the hamburger! I love what it brings to a dish. I can see it adding a depth of flavor and a slight sweetness. I WILL be trying that! As to mixing the feta in with the meat, I gave it some the thought, and decided against it. I was looking more for the gyro effect. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  2. griffinsgrub

    June 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I could go for one of those burgers right now. To really make it Greek, try using ground lamb or even a combo of lamb and beef, although I’m not sure how that would work.

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    • mrdodd

      June 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      I would of LOVED to have used some lamb, but here in Indiana lamb is hard to find. If you’re lucky enough to find some all that is necessary is a 2nd mortgage and the birthrights to one of your kids. The kid I can do but we’re so close on the mortgage.

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