My big fat Greco inspired burger

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time14 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the tzatziki with feta

1 small cucumber
375 natural yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp fresh dill
50g crumbled Greek feta cheese

For the grilled aubergine

3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
60ml olive oil
1 large aubergine

For the burger

910g minced lamb
20g chopped fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper
Oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 small pita breads
90g chopped cos lettuce

Prepare an open barbecue for moderate direct-heat cooking

1) Seed and chop the cucumber. In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and feta. Refrigerate and chill for 1 hour.

2) In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until thick and well blended. Cut the aubergine into 1-cm rounds. Arrange in a baking dish; coat well with dressing. Grill aubergine until tender, about 3 minutes each side, keep warm.

3) In a large bowl blend together lamb, mint, cumin, salt and pepper, to taste. Form 6 patties.

4) Before grilling burgers, brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on the rack turning once, 4 minutes each side.

5) Cut pitas horizontally and lightly toast over indirect heat.

6) Assemble burgers as follows: pita bottom, lettuce, burger topped generously with tzatziki, a slice of grilled aubergine, and the top of the pita.

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