Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vegetarian Gyro Burgers Recipe


Day 54.

I've never had a gyro, but I LOVE falafel sandwiches. So, when I was searching for something to make with the cucumber from our CSA box, I decided to go with these yummy-sounding gyro burgers. They won't replace gyros and falafel, but I bet it's a good kicked up burger.

Grilled Gyro Burgers

Adapted from Gyro Burgers
Ingredients
16 oz. plain yogurt, divided
1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix or make-at-home mix (recipe follows)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef substitute
1/4 cup diced onion
6 pita bread rounds (or tortillas)
2 C torn lettuce leaves (optional)
1 tomato, seeded and diced

Directions
In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 of plain yogurt with the envelope of ranch dressing mix. Remove half of the mixture to another bowl.

Into one of the bowls, add the remaining plain yogurt and diced cucumber; mix well. Cover and refrigerate. Preheat grill and lightly oil grate.

Mix the ground beef and 1/4 cup onion into the remaining half of the yogurt mixture. Shape into 6 hamburger patties.

Grill patties on medium heat for 7 minutes each side, turning once.

Cut off 1/4 end of the pita pockets and fill with torn lettuce, grilled burger, creamy cucumber sauce and diced tomatoes.


Ranch Seasoning Mix
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. black pepper
4 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. paprika
4 tsp. parsley flakes
1 C minced dried onions

The Results
This is pretty darn tasty. It sort of made me want falafel, but it was a good quick meal without all the baking of the falafel that I usually have to do. For a quick semi-gyro burgers version, you could try pre-made burgers topped with the tzatziki mixture and ranch dressing mix, tomatoes and lettuce.

This meal fuses American burgers with Greek gyros. What's your favorite "fusion" meal?

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