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Pita Burgers

 Pita Burgers
Dorothy Wiedeman of Eaton, Colorado serves this tasty variation on the traditional hamburger at backyard get-togethers. Similar to Greek gyros, the herbed ground beef patties are stuffed in pita bread with a yummy cucumber lettuce mixture.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 6 whole pita breads


  • In a small bowl, combine the onion, garlic and seasonings; crumble
  • beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7
  • minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and
  • juices run clear.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, yogurt and
  • sesame seeds. Top each burger with lettuce mixture; serve with pita
  • breads. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2 stuffed pita halves equals 409 calories,

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Pita Burgers (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 731 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.