Hasty Tasty Cooking Tips with Cat Cora and the Muppets

Mini Greek Burger Gyros with Garlic Sauce and Spring Greens

mini greek burger gyros with garlic sauce and spring greens

Yield: 20 mini-burgers

Ingredients

    Burgers:
    1 egg
    1/3 cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
    1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
    1 teaspoon dried dill weed
    1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
    2 tablespoons crumbled feta
    3 tablespoons seasoned dry breadcrumbs
    1 pound lean ground beef or lamb
    2 tablespoons of olive oil
    Mini brioche buns, split and toasted (or hot dog buns cut to size; you can also use flatbread if making appetizers)
    Microgreens, for garnish (* See Ingredients Note below)

    Garlic Sauce:
    1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt or mayonnaise
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Kosher salt

Directions

  1. To make the burgers, in a large bowl, beat 1 egg with a fork until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the onion, green onion, dill weed, salt, pepper, oregano, feta, breadcrumbs. Mix to combine.
  3. Add the ground beef or lamb. Using a fork, incorporate the meat into the mixture. Do not overmix.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium-high heat.
  5. Form the mixture into 20 golf-ball sized patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
  6. In batches, place the mini burgers into the hot pan and cook 3 minutes per side until cooked through, or to desired doneness.
  7. In the meantime, for the garlic sauce: in a small bowl combine the yogurt with the garlic. Season with salt, to taste.
  8. To assemble the burgers, place a burger on the bottom half of the mini bun. Top with a pinch of microgreens and drizzle with the garlic yogurt sauce. Finish with the top half of the bun. Serve as mini brioche sliders or insert toothpick to hold flatbread closed to make appetizer-portion mini gyros.

Ingredients Note: Microgreens are specially grown, rich-in-flavor small sprouts from salad plants, and increasingly available in your supermarket produce section; if you can't find them, replace with whatever salad/sandwich greens you'd ordinarily use.

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