To kick off Pasta Week, we’re having a burger. A spiced up lamb and beef – – what? You don’t like lamb? OHHH, why are we having burger’s for Pasta Week? you ask. So that we have a reason to make awesome Greek Pasta Salad, duh! Now back to this burger…
Since I need a main course to go with my Greek style pasta salad, it seems appropriate to go with something….Greek-ish. Like the flavors of a gyro in the form of a burger! Combine ground lamb, beef and tons of spices to make a gyro-esque patty, and serve it on a pita with some traditional gyro fixins.
My favorite gyro topping is tzatziki sauce. Thick tangy yogurt mixed with fresh cucumber and lemon – goes great on a pita or makes for a healthy dip with pita bread (or just give me a spoon…). Mix your sauce first (even hours in advance, if possible) to give the flavors time to marry.
- 1 Lb. ground lamb
- 1 Lb. ground beef (80/20 fat ratio)
- Gryo seasonings
- Tzatziki sauce
- Pita bread or flat bread
- Sliced tomato
- Feta cheese
Combine lamb, beef and seasonings. Form into 6 patties, and refrigerate for at least one hour. Grill burgers to desired temperature.
To assemble : Cut patties in half. Lightly toast pita bread. Spread tzatiki sauce on half of pita. Place burger onto bread and top with arugula, tomato and feta cheese.
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. curry powder
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. coriander
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper powder
Mix all seasonings in a small bowl.
- 6 Oz. plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and minced
- 1 small garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 T. lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.