Sometimes a girl has to quench her craving for a good burger, right? That doesn”t necessarily mean hitting the local fast food joint though … on the contrary, for me it means whipping up some flavorful burgers right here at home. My latest creation: these Mediterranean Burgers packed with tangy Kalamata olives, fresh herbs and savory beef. These burgers were GOOD. Seriously, they were.
I topped my Mediterranean Burgers with some cool Greek yogurt whipped with minced garlic, slices of pungent red onion and served them on homemade rolls. Judging from my husband’s emphatic “ooohs” and ”aaaahs,” and my kids’ “mmmmmms” I’ll be making these again soon … real soon!
On a warmer day, I’d love to throw these on the barbecue, but for now the stove-top grill pan is a good alternative.
1 lb. ground beef
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Greek yogurt mixed with minced garlic
Red onion, sliced
In a large bowl, combine the beef with the scallions, parsley, olives, breadcrumbs, olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper. Knead the beef mixture with your hand. Adjust seasonings to taste and if the mixture is too wet to form into patties, add additional breadcrumbs; if it is too dry, add a but of olive oil. Set the bowl aside for about a 1/2 hour.
Heat stovetop grill pan over high heat or prepare outdoor grill accordingly. Form the beef mixture into large patties making sure to press the center of the patties in so as to provide for more even cooking. Add to the grill pan and cook each burger just about 3 minutes per side until browned well. Top the burgers with garlic yogurt and sliced red onion and serve in buns or rolls.