This recipe is one the girls and I came up with during the summer upon returning from Greece. We longed for the fresh, healthy Mediterranean flavors and decided to grill some burgers! Delicious served in Pita Bread or any bun you like! We garnish them with Tomato Cucumber Salad (Charlotte’s simple and light version which does not include feta and olives-see below)….
and Lemon Herb Sauce.
While visiting Greece, we fell in love with the Greek lifestyle. What a wonderful way of living they have! Our Bungalow was within walking distance to all the shops in Tolo where we would pick up fresh produce and then visit the village Meat market where they prepare the meat right in front of you as you attempt to convey in Greeklish what exactly it is you are wanting. Naturally, we walked our little feet over to the bakery too for some Baklava but that will be another post. Savannah’s recipe for Baklava is one you will love!
The veggies can be diced smaller if you wish to make it more like a relish. It is a nice contrast to the spicy flavorful burger! Kala!!
1 1/2 lbs. Ground Lamb
1 1/2 lbs. Ground Pork
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Curry
1 tsp. Cumin
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1/2 Medium Sweet Onion grated or minced)
1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Dash of Salt & Pepper
1/4 tsp. Powdered Ginger
Pita Shells (or Buns)
Lettuce and Red Onion as extra fixins
Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and shape into patties. Fire up the grill! Meanwhile, the Lemon Herb Sauce is made up of 1 1/2 cups of Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt (YUM) , juice of 2 lemons, 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley and chives are good) and salt and pepper to taste. Makes approx. 8 burgers depending on size.
For Tomato Cucumber Salad:
2 Packages Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes (halved), 1 Green Bell Pepper (chopped), 1 Cucumber (cubed or quartered) *I usually only partially peel the cucumber because I like the stripes, 1/3 cup chopped Chives, 1/2 Med Red Onion (finely chopped) Dressing: Juice of 3-4 Limes, 1/4 cup Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste!