I was at a Greek diner recently and made the unfortunate mistake of ordering a Greek burger from the international section of their menu. What came out couldn't have been be more disappointing: standard ground beef topped only with Feta cheese, lettuce, and ketchup. In short, it was a paltry attempt at a culturally themed burger.
That's what inspired me to go ahead and create a slightly more authentic recipe. I started from scratch and this is what I came up with for a basic, yet delicious burger patty.
1lb ground beef or lamb
1 tblsp fresh, chopped dill
1/2 tblsp dried Greek oregano
1/2 tblsp dried basil
1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
1 tsp salt
1/2 large, yellow onion minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 jar grape leaves
1 red onion sliced
Bread or bun of choice
Servings: 2 - 1/2lb burger patties
In large mixing bowl combine meat, egg, spices, minced garlic, and minced onion. Make sure it is all well mixed. I generally use my hands to knead the ingredients in. Once well mixed, separate the meat into either halves or quarters depending on how big you want your burger to be. I tried cooking this on the grill, but only had minimal success. Instead, prepare them on a skillet. Right before the burger is at the temperature you want (I prefer a good medium-rare), top with feta cheese and one whole grape leaf. Cover the skillet for about 15 seconds, then transfer from skillet to bun and add rings of red onion and tzatziki sauce to taste. Also feel free to add whatever Greek ingredients you like: pickled hot peppers, black olives, etc. Enjoy.
If you have any suggestions, additions, or changes to this recipe, let us know in the comments!