Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gyro Burgers

This burger recipe puts a nice twist on the traditional gyro sandwich. I love Greek food, but don't seem to make it often enough.  I absolutely cannot wait to have these soon.

Gyro Burger with Garlic Feta Fries

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
½ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound ground lamb or pork
4 pita breads, halved
Sliced cucumbers
Tzatziki sauce (Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce)

In a bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, rosemary, lemon-pepper, and salt.  Crumble meat over mixture; mix well.  Shape into four oval patties.  Grill, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat is no longer pink.  Serve in pita bread with sliced cucumber and sauce.

Tzatziki sauce

1½ cups Greek yogurt
Juice of half lemon, or 1½ Tbsp
½ - 1 garlic clove, chopped
1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
1½ tsp kosher salt (to salt cucumber)
1½ tsp chopped fresh dill (or mint leaves)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out seeds.  Slice cucumber, salt, and place in a strainer for 30 minutes to let liquid drain out.  Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.  In a blender, add cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and a little pepper; blend well.  Stir mixture into yogurt.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Let refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving so the flavors can meld.

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