RECIPES: Recipe Details
The Mediterranean Burger
This burger was actually inspired by a pizza that I made using all the ingredients with the exception of the ingredients for the patties. Born on the island of Kalymnos located in the Mediterranean, the flavors of feta, red and yellow peppers were common ingredients used in many of our dishes. My mother (a bread lover) created a fabulous pizza dough recipe and I created the sauce and toppings. Meat was not a part of daily diet. Needless to say, several years back I had made more sauce than I needed for a pizza (had leftover peppers also). The next day I was grilling hamburgers for a small party in the summer and I decided to use the left over sauce and peppers on my burgers which turned out to be a huge success with my guest.
2 cans 14 oz of Artichoke Hearts (any type will work)
2 cups of mayonnaise
1 16 oz container sour cream
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
2 cups crumbled Feta Cheese
3 Yellow Peppers (large in size)
3 Red Peppers (large in size)
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
2 pounds ground Chuck
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of Ketchup
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 large Kaiser rolls
Olive oil brushing rolls
To make the artichoke feta sauce: Combine the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, sour cream and red pepper flakes and place them in a food processor until blended well. Remove and place mixture in a bowl. Add the crumbled feta cheese and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. You can prepare the day before also.
To make the grilled peppers: Thoroughly wash the peppers, cut them in half and discard all the seeds inside. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss the peppers in the oil mixture. Make sure you coat the peppers with the oil mixture very well. Let stand for a few minutes and continue to toss once or twice and set them aside until you are ready to begin grilling.
To make the patties: In a large bowl combine the ground chuck, chopped shallots, Cabernet Sauvignon, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper. Mix well and divide mixture into 6 equal portions. Shape size to fit the rolls.
Preheat a gas grill (I use a Weber) to Medium High heat. Once the grill reaches the medium high temp, brush it with vegetable oil. Grill the peppers over medium high heat until tender, about 7 minutes on each side. Brush with remaining oil mixture and try to keep the grill lid down as much as possible. Grill patties on medium high heat for 4 minutes on each side. While cooking the patties keep the lid down as much as possible. Only turn the patties one time and do not press down on them. Once the peppers and patties are done, cover and let stand for about five minutes. Brush the cut sides of the rolls with olive oil and place the rolls on the grill over medium high heat until lightly toasted.
Remove as much of the skin off the grilled peppers as possible. Cut the ends off and then each half into 3 strips. You should end up with 6 strips per pepper (in total for all the peppers it should yield 36 pieces). Repeat the process until all the peppers are cut.
To assemble the burgers: On the bottom side of each roll, place a generous amount of the artichoke feta sauce, then place the patty, 3 red and 3 yellow peppers sections, top with more of the artichoke feta sauce and then add the top of the roll and serve. Order of assembling the burger (bread â€“ sauce â€“ meat - peppers - sauce â€“ bread.)
Hope you enjoy this burger as much as my family and friends have.