Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gyro Burgers


Tonight, turn traditional cookout cuisine on its head with this AWESOME Mediterranean-style Gyro Burgers topped with Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce.

INGREDIENTS

Gyro Burgers

1 pound ground lamb*
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 white onion, finely chopped or grated
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 red onion, sliced for garnish
1 tomato, sliced for garnish
2 cups lettuce, shredded for garnish
4 pitas, halved


Tip: We love the bold, earthy flavor of dried herbs in this recipe, but you can use fresh versions of rosemary and marjoram, too. Since dried herbs are stronger, use 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs as a substitute for 1 teaspoon of dried.

DIRECTIONS

In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the lamb, garlic, onion, marjoram and rosemary with clean hands.

Shape the meat into 4 evenly sized patties. 

Season both sides with salt and pepper. 

Grill over medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer registers 160°F.

Place each patty in a halved pita. Garnish with onion, tomato, lettuce and Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce, then serve.

Tip: For perfectly even patties, pat your meat into the bottom of the bowl, then score it into four quadrants with the side of your hand.