Burgers are famous for being unhealthy, fattening and fast-food but they can be a healthy and balanced dish.
And for me they are the best weekend dinner with friends, in summer time, in the garden… I don’t know anybody who dislikes them.
But of course I don’t buy burgers from those fast-food restaurants we all have in mind. I make them myself with good and natural ingredients. It’s easy!
Today we had them with a touch of Greece, we like it a lot 🙂
For 4 persons:
500 gr. turkey breast (without skin) minced
1 garlic clove
2 spring onions
1 piece fresh ginger (about 3 cm.)
½ teaspoon spicy paprika powder (or other spices you like)
1 tablespoon concentrated tomato purée
1 handful chopped fresh parsley
200 gr. plain yogurt
olive oil, salt, black pepper
4 pita breads
mixed sprouts (or salad leaves)
Mince the onions and garlic.
Peel and grate the ginger.
Cook them in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil for some minutes.
When the onion becomes transparent add the spicy paprika (optional) and a good spoon of concentrated tomato purée.
Cook it for some more seconds and put it into a bowl with the minced chicken meat, salt, pepper and finely chopped parsley. Mix well.
Form the burgers (not too thick).
Leave them to cool in the fridge (You can freeze them to have them ready for another day…)
Now prepare the tzatziki:
Wash and grate the cucumber.
In a bowl put: the yogurt, grated cucumber, salt, black pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well. Leave it to cool in the fridge.
Cook the burgers (mid-heat) in a non-stick pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
Put the pita breads in a toaster and toast them.
To serve your “Greek style burger”:
Open the pita bread like a normal bun, put the burger, some sprouts, sliced pickles and a good spoon of tzatziki.
Ready to eat!
… I have served these burgers with a marvellous Greek salad: slices of ripe tomatoes, some Kalamata olives and dices of feta cheese. Viva Éllada!