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Pita Burgers Recipe

Pita Burgers Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the onion, garlic and seasonings; crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 731 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.