Mediterranean Chicken Pita Burgers Mediterranean Chicken Pita Burgers

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Burgers | Food styling by Ashley Denton | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Jodi Pudge

Want a healthier burger option? Look no further than this piquant Mediterranean version. Lean meat, lots of vegetables and plenty of robust taste make these hearty and filling. 

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 25 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

Burgers:
  • 1/4 cup shredded English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon harissa paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon liquid honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 450 g lean ground chicken, beef or lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pita pockets
Toppings (optional):
  • Sliced watermelon radishes, cucumber ribbons, chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, crumbled feta cheese, sliced red onion or fresh sprouts

Method

Squeeze excess moisture from cucumber. In small bowl, mix together cucumber, yogurt, harissa, honey and lemon juice.

In large bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the yogurt mixture, the chicken, garlic, egg, mint, coriander, cumin and salt.

Shape mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties (Make-ahead: Layer patties between parchment paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Place patties on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until instant-read thermometer inserted sideways in patties reads 160°F, 8 to 10 minutes.

Place pitas on grill, turning once, until warmed through, about 1 minute. Spread some of the yogurt mixture on pitas. Top pitas with patties and toppings (if using).

Tip from The Test Kitchen: For flat burgers that don’t shrink, make an indent in the centre of each patty with your thumb, about one-third of the way through, before grilling.

BEER PAIRING: Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. (Pasadena, N.L.)
Killdevil Pale Ale: Full-bodied with tangy flavours of grapefruit and freshly baked bread, it goes well with the mildly spicy and herbacous flavour in the burger.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 1001 mg
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Protein 30 g
  • Calories 414
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Potassium 468 mg
  • Cholesterol 121 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 40 g

%RDI

  • Iron 31
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 25
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 18
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 7
  • Vitamin C 8
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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