I mentioned already many times about amazing power of the Internet. Through the Internet I met many beautiful people many of them I never met in my life but I feel the warmth and friendship that they send through thousands kilometers and miles.
I decided to make this recipe after I found it on my friends’ Panos and Mirella website Little Cooking Tips. Panos and Mirella live in beautiful Athens, Greece. I met this couple through their beautiful blog. I fell in love with their writing and stories about Greece, its culture, traditions and of course inspiring food. Panos and Mirella recipes are always very colorfully described and followed by amazing photography. Even though I never been in Greece, I always have a feeling that this culture is very familiar to me. Greek kitchen have many things and tastes in common that I experienced while living in Central Asia. What I like most about their recipes that they are very easy to make and include sometimes simple ingredients however these ingredients to my opinion make this dishes look and taste unique.
My recipe I had to modify a little bit as I was using ground turkey and some pork not the ground beef as it is in Panos and Mirella version but it still was tasting quite delicious.
My family fell in love with Greek burger recipe and I believe that you will love it too!
As an addition to the burger you can make Tzadziki Sauce which will give the dish more traditional finish.
For about 5 patties you will need:
• 1/2 pound ground turkey
• 1/2 pound ground pork
• 1 egg
• handful of Kalamata olives and some large black olives sliced
• minced 1/2 of red onion
• 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• two slices of white bread (optional, as I did not use it, but it is in original recipe)
• 1/4 cup cubed feta
• some olive oil for baking
• 3 tablespoons of chopped mint, I used cilantro instead because forgot to buy mint
• salt and pepper to taste
Tzadziki Sauce (adapted from Little Cooking Tips)
• 1 cucumber
• 1 tablespoon of dry dill
• 1 garlic sliced thin
• 300 ml of plain Greek yogurt
• 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
• salt to taste
• 1/4 cup of olive oil and some for drizzle
• Kalamata olives for garnishing
Make the Tzadziki Sauce first. Remove the skin from the cucumber and grind it. Then transfer it into the strainer and let it sit there for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile mix yogurt with garlic then add vinegar one tablespoon at a time. Do the same with olive oil then add salt mix it well and place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.
Now your cucumber is ready, squeeze extra liquid out of it by pushing it with the back of the spoon against the strainer walls and add cucumber to the yogurt, mix it well. Add dry dill and chill Tzadziki Sauce for at least an hour before serving.
Serve with drizzled olive oil on top and some Kalamata olives.
Make your patties: in a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, ground pork, chopped olives, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, vinegar and egg and mix it all together. Form patties and add few cubs of feta cheese into each of them.
Place your patties for a few minutes in the refrigerator to firm up and then grill for few minutes on both sides for nice finish. Transfer patties into baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 385F.
Serve your Greek Hamburger with some sliced red onion, chopped cilantro on top of the warm pita bread. Top with Tzadziki Sauce.