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Greek Burgers

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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 and sauce.

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings


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