Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Greek Cheeseburger

The New York Times has been reporting on high end burgers in fancy restaurants over the last couple years. I don’t see why not. Bread, meat and condiments can take a lot of forms and not all of them with special sauce on a sesame seed bun. Here, on vacation in Greece, this is what we did with our kilo of ground beef :

Burger ingredients :
2 lbs ground beef or lamb
1 small egg (if you have large eggs, use either the yolk or the white)
½ sm onion, minced fine
1 lg bunch fresh parsley, minced fine
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
4 thin slices of feta cheese

Assemble the ingredients as described on the counter. Mix all ingredients except for the feta in a large bowl with your hands. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions. Prepare a large plate with some plastic wrap to cover. Take one portion of the meat mixture and divide in two. Flatten one piece between your hands, trying to keep it evenly round at the edges. Once it is as flat as it can be, place it onto the plastic wrap and place 1 slice of feta over it. The feta should, of course, be smaller in diameter than the meat. Flatten the other half of the meat portion in the same way that you did the first and then place that over the feta. Now lift the plastic under the whole meat and cheese burger and place it between your hands. With your thumbs, connect the edges of the meat to completely enclose the cheese. Continue this way with the other three portions. Grill or pan fry the burgers as you please.

Sauce ingredients :
1 tsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 very ripe medium-sized tomatoes
½ tso dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

As the burgers are cooking, place the oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and allow to turn blonde. Immediately add the tomatoes and simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the sauce reaches the consistency you like best. I cooked mine for 10 minutes and the result was thick enough to dollop on top of the burgers. During the last minute of cooking, add the oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside until the burgers are done. Serve on grilled bread, or if you insist, a sesame seed bun.


Anonymous joanne at frutto della passione said...

Look at you posting on vacation! That's dedication! I hope you are having a wonderful time and come back rested and refreshed.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

You're in Greece? Lucky you!!

5:56 AM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

i am not even remotely hungry, but i desperately want that burger right now.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Paz said...

Delicious-looking. My kind of burger!


12:57 PM  
Blogger Bellini Valli said...

I will be making something similar today but have put a link to this post for your version if that is OK?

6:34 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hi Joanne, I'm back in town now. Hope you had a good vacation as well. Hope to see you soon! and thanks for the help with the job substitution thing!

Hi Marie, But Chicago would have been a great vacation destination too...

Hi Melissa, Hey! How've you been?

Hiya Paz, Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Bellini, You're welcome to link to me any time you want. I'll check your site for another cheeseburger version. Thanks for letting me know.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Maryann said...

I love the idea of lamb burgers!

2:00 PM  
Blogger michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Oh this looks *so* good! I'm with Maryann...the lamb is a great idea :)

3:17 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

That looks so very, very good. Yum.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

It's an interesting recipe idea. A greek cheeseburger. It's unusual but looks tasty.
Accommodation in Rome

7:58 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Susan, Just stopping by to say Hi, hope all is well.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hi Marie and everybody,

All's well! I'm gearing up for a scheduled c-section (breech baby, dontcha know) in mid-November. Going to have a very early Thanksgiving before that.

11:03 AM  
Blogger kimba said...

Thinking of you - I hope the c-section goes (has gone?) well.

Additionally, I wanted to pop in and let you know that I both love your blog and decided to pass along an internet trinket telling you so. It's here. Proceed as you wish!

As if you won't be busier and more tired than you've ever been, I know ;-)

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Talita said...

Yummm! I want a bite of this greek cheeseburguer!! Looks gorgeous!

11:08 AM  
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6:10 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Susan, I know you must be busy. Just checking in to say Hi!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous milanese masala said...

Hi! I'm an Italian expat too and I just stumbled upon your blog. Not a good thing right before lunch. Your greek burger looks fantastic and now I want one!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Tracie B. said...

hey there susan...are you enjoying motherhood yet?

4:27 PM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Hope all is well. Just saying hello :)

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6:34 PM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Happy Easter sweety. When are you coming back to us?
Maryann xox

10:53 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

On a Greek vacation and posting a blog. Very impressed. Burgers are taking over the world - at least by the articles I read - always good find a new "take" - these look delicious. Having them in Greece would be even better.

1:07 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Wow! that burger sounds delicious..i wanna give it a try...all you have to do is step outside for some of the ingredients...right away i'm gonna get the ingredients from and try it...thanks for sharing.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Rumela said...

Burger is my all time favorite. It seems that you are in holiday. Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe with us. My son loves parsley a lot. I’ll definitely try to prepare it at home in this weekend. I’m in a hurry to have a bite of it….yummmyyy!!!!

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1:15 AM  
Blogger kimba said...

Miss you - hope all is well with you and the little one! I still visit now and again, just to see if you're back. Did I mention we're living in Europe now?

Take care - Kimba

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Orlando personal injury lawyer said...

Looks like a great burger. I've never seen one like this. Thanks for the idea.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Jess - Faucets said...

Looks wonderful. Great reading your post as well.


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Anonymous Blender Diet said...

That looks absolutely yummy! I will give it a try this weekend as hubby's friends are coming over. Thanks for sharing this.

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