Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Greek Gyro Burgers

We enjoyed these a few days ago for dinner with these grilled veggie skewers.   This is another delicious recipe off of Our Best Bites blog.  Even though I have a cold, I could still taste how yummy these were- especially topped with loads of homemade tzatziki sauce and a fresh tomato.  It's not in the picture, but I also topped mine with some of the grilled red onions from the veggie skewers.  A very flavorful meal! 

We've grilled burgers twice in the last two weeks, which is way more than we usually do- I've been diagnosed with pregnancy-induced anemia and need to beef up my iron intake!!  Super cheesiness!!  So, this was a tasty way to do that.  (So were those Southwest Burgers- yum!!!)  A super large dose of iron, like I'm now taking in the form of a pill, is NOT a fun or tasty way to do that, by the way! 

For the flatbread (I find that most store-bought pitas are gross, and I prefer a flatbread instead of an actual pita anyway) I decided to use this recipe for homemade tortillas.  They cook up so light, fluffy and thick that they worked very well for a flatbread wrap.  They remained soft and pliable and taste good.  You can use a good storebought flatbread or pita, or make your own, or use the tortilla recipe. 

The recipe calls for ground lamb, but that is impossible for me to find here, and I'd rather use ground beef anyway.  I used ground sirloin and it worked out really well.

Greek Gyro Burgers

1 lb. lean ground lamb or ground beef (like ground sirloin)
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. dry onion
1 Tbsp. Dijon or coarse grain mustard
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1 tsp. rosemary, dry or fresh and chopped

Tzatziki sauce
fresh tomato and onion slices
flatbread or pitas

1.  Gently combine lamb or beef, garlic, onion, mustard, salt, pepper, vinegar, oregano, and rosemary with your hands and shape into 4-5 oblong patties. Place on a plate in the fridge for a few hours to "set up", if desired. 

2.  Preheat your grill.  Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side and remove from heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Place on pitas or flatbread and add onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki. Fold like a taco and serve immediately. For easy serving and clean-up, wrap in aluminum foil.
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