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Middle East Peace Burger

I grew up in Miami,Florida, an area I consider a great melting pot.My family is Jewish and although I grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, I attended school with children of diverse backgrounds.My hope for the Middle East would be peace, so all the children can live happily together and celebrate each other's differences as I was able to do growing up in America. My Middle East Peace Burger combines the culinary flavors from the Middle East with American tradition to create a flavorful twist on the American burger. In essence, this burger demonstrates the celebration of diversity with bold flavors!

Ingredients 

1 medium eggplant
kosher salt

Patties:
1 1/2 pound ground sirloin
1/2 pound ground lamb
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Feta-yogurt sauce:
4 ounces feta cheese
1/4 English cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 scallion. finely chopped
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp. sour cream
kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper

vegetable oil

olive oil

6 flatbreads

honey

1 container of original hummus

Instructions 

Slice eggplant into 6 even slices. Salt the slices and place on a paper towel to drain.

Gently combine the ground sirloin, ground lamb, rosemary, oregano, garlic, and salt. Season with fresh ground pepper. Form into 6 patties and allow to rest.

Gently combine the feta cheese, cucumber, scallion, lemon zest, garlic and sour cream.Season with salt and pepper.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. When grill is ready, brush with vegetable oil to prevent patties from sticking. Grill patties, turning once, with the lid closed, approximately 5-7 minutes per side to achieve a preference of medium doneness. Remove and keep warm.

Lightly brush eggplant on both sides with olive oil.
Grill eggplant slices until camelized on both sides. During last few minutes of grilling, place flatbreads on edge of the grill to toast lightly. Remove eggplant from grill and brush lightly with honey.

To assemble, brush flatbread lightly with hummus. Place patty on one end of the flatbread and layer with a slice of eggplant and a generous dollop of feta-yogurt sauce. Fold flatbread over and take a big bite!

Comments 

The saltiness of the feta, the tanginess of the lemon zest and the sweetness of the honey provide a flavorful addition to the juicy, savory burger! May the honey also symbolize the sweetness of peace in the Middle East that I hope to realize in my lifetime!