|Gyros, ubiquitous in NYC|
A Gyro is a Greek dish of meat that’s been roasted on a vertical spit, folded into pita bread and then served with tomato, onion and tzatsiki sauce. Gyros, pronounced “Heros”, are everywhere in New York City. The website Yelp has a list of New York’s Gyro places that goes on for 100 pages. There is a certain ‘mystery meat’ quality to a Gyro that can be a little off-putting but they are usually very inexpensive and if that doesn’t win you over, the intense flavor will win over your taste buds. So when a recipe for Lamb Burgers, in a recent Saveur Magazine, promised the flavor of a Gyro in a Burger where you put the meat together yourself, it was a no-brainer. And if you are a burger fan like me, you should add this one to your repertoire of summer grilling.
Recipe for Lamb Burgers adapted from Michael Psilakis in Saveur Magazine
Makes 2 burgers. Takes under 30 minutes
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. minced yellow onion
12 oz. ground lamb
4 oz. ground pork
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. each finely chopped parsley,
mint, and dill
1 tsp. dried Greek oregano
1⁄2 tsp. ground coriander
1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 scallion, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper,
1⁄3 cup crumbled feta cheese
10 leaves baby arugula
8 black olives in oil, drained, pitted,
and roughly chopped
8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
and roughly chopped
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 hamburger buns, toasted
1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in an 8″ skillet over high heat. Add onions; cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer onions to a plate; let cool. In a bowl, mix onions, lamb, pork, mustard, herbs, spices, garlic, scallions, and salt and pepper.
2. Form meat into two 1″-thick patties; set aside.
3. Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium-high (or heat a tablespoon of canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat). Grill burgers, flipping once, until browned and cooked to desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium rare. In a small bowl, combine feta, arugula, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes; toss with the remaining oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
4. Place each burger on the bottom half of a bun and top each with the vegetables and bun top.