Gyro Burger

For this burger, we borrowed a page from a few past recipes and infused it with cheese! The concept worked really well for our Pizza Burgers and Creamy Horseradish Cheddar Infused Burgers, so we figured we’d go back to the well and infuse this one with feta! With the feta decision made, it only seemed natural to build some Greek flavours into the meal. So, we roasted some eggplant slices (although if you’re grilling your burgers, Grilled Eggplant Medallions would work perfectly), made some (rudimentary/speedy) Tzaziki, and went from there. That said, if you prefer, tomatoes, onions, lettuce/baby spinach, and hummus would also make for solid toppings.

We served our burgers with a field greens side salad. However, if you’re looking for a hot side to pair, we think Garlic Butter Shredded Eggplant or Sauteed Cucumbers would be nice options as well.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Beef, Lamb, or Mutton
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Eggplant
  • Black Pepper
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Dill
  • Cucumber
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Any other toppings you like. We used lettuce and wish we had tomato at the time to add.

Method:

  • If using eggplant as a topping, prep that before you start your burgers:
    • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, line a baking sheet with some foil, and give it a quick oil spray.
    • Rinse your eggplant, and slice it into thin rounds. We used long slices since we had already cut our eggplant that way when we cooked Chicken or the Egg(Plant) Parm Tacos the other day.
    • Lay your eggplant slices on your baking sheet, and give the tops an oil spray. Then, sprinkle on some black pepper and dill.
    • Roast for about 20 minutes (possibly less depending on the thickness.
  • Scoop your ground meat into a bowl, and pour in some crumbled Feta along with a pinch of salt.
  • Heat some oil in a pan (we used our mini cast iron pans)
  • Form into patties, and place in your pans. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, flip, and cook the second side for the same amount of time (looking for an internal cooked temperature of 165 degrees F).
  • As your burgers cook, turn your attention to your sauce.
    • Scoop a little Greek yogurt into a bowl
    • Dice some of your cucumber, finely, and stir it into your yogurt.
    • Sprinkle in some dill, black pepper, salt, and a squirt or two of lemon juice.
    • Stir to combine.
  • When your burgers are cooked, it’s time to assemble!
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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