Recipe courtesy of Susan Mello
Episode: Burgers
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My Big Fat Greco Inspired Burger
Total:
34 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
14 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
34 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
14 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Tzatziki with feta:
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Greek feta cheese
Grilled Eggplant:
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant
Burger:
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil, for brushing on the grill rack
  • 6 small pita breads
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Directions

Prepare an open grill for moderate direct-heat cooking

Seed and chop the cucumber. In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and feta. Refrigerate and chill for 1 hour.

In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until thick and well blended. Cut the eggplant into 1/2-inch rounds. Arrange in a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish; coat well with dressing. Grill eggplant until tender, about 3 minutes each side, keep warm.

Lamb burger:

In a large bowl blend together lamb, mint, cumin, salt and pepper, to taste. Form 6 patties.

Before grilling burgers, brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on the rack turning once, 4 minutes each side.

Cut pitas horizontally and lightly toast over indirect heat.

Assemble burgers as follows: pita bottom, lettuce, burger topped generously with tzatziki, a slice of grilled eggplant, and the top of the pita.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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