Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - Looking for a quick and easy way to liven up your burgers this summer? Here is a terrific recipe you can try on the barbecue. And
safe? You bet, says Health Canada, as long as you cook the centre of your burger to a
temperature of 71 C (160 F). Use an instant-read food thermometer to make sure the burgers are completely cooked, regardless of the colour of the meat.
- 500 g (1 lb) lean ground beef
- 50 mL (1/4 cup) dry bread crumbs or small flake oatmeal
- 1 egg, beaten
- 15 mL (1 Tbsp) dried oregano leaves
- 5 mL (1 tsp) each garlic powder and crushed dried rosemary
- 2 pitas (20 cm/8" size), halved or 4 hamburger buns
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Sliced black olives
- Chopped red onions, cucumbers and tomatoes
- Tzatziki sauce
In large bowl, lightly combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, oregano, garlic powder and
rosemary. Shape into 4 patties, each about 1.5 cm (1/2") thick.
Preheat barbecue. Cook patties on lightly oiled grill over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes per
side, turning only once. When patties are almost done, remove from heat and insert an
instant-read food thermometer sideways into centre of the thickest burger. If the temperature
registers at least 71 C (160 F), the burger is done; if not, continue cooking until a minimum
temperature of 71 C (160 F) is reached.
Serve each burger in pita pocket half and top with cheese, olives, onions, cucumber, tomatoes
Serving Size: Makes 4 servings