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Avocado Gyro Burgers

 Avocado Gyro Burgers
This is the best burger I have ever created. The moist, seasoned burger with Greek-style cucumber sauce makes it seem like you're eating a gyro.—Aki Washington, Chicago, Illinois
6 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • BUNS:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • BURGERS:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • TOPPINGS:

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Avocado Gyro Burgers (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • Lettuce leaves, red onion slices and/or tomato slices, optional

Directions

  • Line a strainer with four layers of cheesecloth or one coffee filter
  • and place over a bowl. Place yogurt in strainer; cover yogurt with
  • edges of cheesecloth. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Remove yogurt from cheesecloth and discard liquid from bowl. Pat
  • cucumber dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt,
  • cucumber and remaining sauce ingredients. Cover and chill until
  • serving.
  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, basil and garlic. Spread over
  • cut sides of bun; set aside.
  • For burgers, in a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.
  • Crumble lamb over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat
  • for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads
  • 160° and juices run clear.
  • Grill buns, cut sides down, over medium heat for 30-60 seconds or
  • until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with avocado, tzatziki
  • sauce and, if desired, lettuce, onion and tomato. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 burger (calculated without optional toppings) equals 675 calories, 45 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 816 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 34 g protein.
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