The Freaky Greek

August 2009
The Freaky Greek

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This well-dressed burger is bursting with Mediterranean flavor.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion (about a palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (about a palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 4 crusty rolls, split
  • Thinly sliced bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes and hot fresh chiles, for garnish
Directions
  1. Using a food processor, puree the roasted peppers, cucumber, feta, yogurt, garlic and lemon juice.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, onion, chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Form into four 4-inch patties. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, for 8 minutes for medium.
  3. Place a romaine leaf and a patty on each roll bottom and top with the garnishes. Slather the sauce on the roll tops and set in place.
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