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Berlin-style Döner Burger

My husband and I love traveling and our favorite city to visit is Berlin. Our favorite meal in Berlin is the Döner Kebab - a cheap but delicious street food. Typically, you can get a Döner with lamb or chicken - but I think it works great with beef as well. I tried to keep mine a little healthier than I imagine the standard dish is by using lean sirloin, non-fat yogurt and low-fat mayonnaise in the sauce, and whole wheat ciabatta rolls.


For the Garlic Sauce

3 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp kosher salt

8 oz non-fat Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp low fat mayonnaise

lemon zest and juice from 1/2 lemon

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

For the Patties

2 lbs ground sirloin - 90% lean

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Bread and Condiments

6 square whole wheat ciabatta rolls - sliced but not all the way through

1/2 red cabbage - thinly sliced

6 Tbsp Harissa

1 hothouse cucumber - chopped

1/2 red onion - thinly sliced


Finely mince garlic, sprinkle garlic with salt, and mash with the back of a knife to form a paste. Combine the garlic paste with the next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Place the garlic sauce in a refrigerator to let flavors marinate.

Heat the grill to medium high. Form the sirloin into 6 equally sized patties. Sprinkle each patty with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on each side. Grill each patty 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on preferred doneness. Remove from grill, place on a plate and tent with tin foil. Let burgers rest for 5 minutes.

Toast ciabatta rolls on grill for 1 minute each.

Slather 1/2 Tbsp garlic sauce on each side of ciabatta rolls. Place 2 oz red cabbage on bottom side of each roll. Place 1 burger within each roll. Top each burger with 1 Tbsp Harissa. Evenly distribute cucumber and onion among the burgers. Top each burger with remaining garlic sauce.

Serve and enjoy!