Pita Burger

The latest trend in burgers is a Pita Burger. Basically a ball of ground meat is put in a hot pan and flatten it down with a spatula, flattening it into a thinner larger burger which gets a lovely brown crust. Obviously this also cooks quicker, retaining more juiciness. Here we are taking a more Mediterranean approach to burgers while trying out this new style of cooking.

Level

Beginner

Category

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Burgers

Cuisine

  • Mediterranean

Cooking Methods

  • Frying
  • Grilling

Serves

4

Prep Time

50 minutes

Cooking Time

5 minutes

Ingredients

Burgers

    600 g medium-fat beef or lamb mince
    or a combination 50/50 lamb and beef mince
    ground black pepper
    coarse salt
    garlic salt
    oil, for frying
    2 large pitas, toasted and sliced in half

Yoghurt Sauce

    250 ml Greek-style yoghurt
    5 ml Food Lover’s Crushed Garlic
    ¼ English cucumber, grated and drained

Brinjal Slices

    1-2 brinjals, preferably the longer thinner type
    Food Lover’s Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

Burgers

    Divide mince into 4 and lightly shape into balls, do not press at all.
    Heat oil in a pan and allow to get really hot.
    Place 2 balls at a time into pan and press firmly down with a sturdy large spatula or metal tray for about 10 seconds; the meat will spread out forming a larger thinner patty.
    There will be a lot of sizzling due to the high heat.
    Season.
    Turn patty after about 60 seconds; the bottom should have formed a lovely brown crust.
    Fry the other side for approx 2 minutes, seasoning this side as well, then lift the flattened burger patty out the pan.
    The whole cooking process should take no more than 3 minutes.

Yoghurt Sauce

    Combine all ingredients.

Brinjal Slices

    Slice brinjal thinly, skin intact.
    Heat a griddle pan; brush slices with oil and grill, turning so that the brinjal does not burn.
    Remove when slices get slightly crisp and keep until needed.

Assemble

    In base of each pita pocket, place mixture of onion, tomato and lettuce or cabbage.
    Add hummus if using, brinjal slices and a flattened Burger patty.
    Top with a good dollop of yoghurt sauce.

Notes

To Serve:
Red onion, finely chopped
Fresh tomato, finely chopped
Lettuce or cabbage, finely shredded
Hummus (optional)
2 large pitas, toasted and sliced in half

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