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Greek Burger Pita Pocket
with tzatziki / carrot sticks

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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Beef burger patties are endlessly versatile! We're adding panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano for a Greek-inspired pita pocket.
Smarts: Make the tzatziki ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop and save some dinnertime prep!

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Tzatziki:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, finely diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Mint, fresh - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 cup
Greek Burger Pita Pocket with Carrot Sticks:
  • Carrots - 8 oz, sticks for dipping
  • Beef, ground - 1 1/4 lb
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Paprika - 3/4 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 3/4 tsp
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 2, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 4 leaves, torn
  • Pita bread - 4 rounds
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make tzatziki - Dice cucumbers. Chop garlic and mint. Combine cucumbers, garlic, mint, and yogurt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Carrots (and celery if you have any leftover) - Slice into sticks for dipping. If prepping ahead, soak in water to help them stay crisp. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make patties - Mix ground beef with panko, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Form into 1/2" / 1.3 cm thick patties. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  5. Pita - Slice pita in half and gently pull apart to form pockets. (Note: Don’t worry if your pita rounds won’t easily form pockets. You can use the two halves like hamburger buns and assemble them with the burger and toppings in the middle.)

Make

  1. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with cooking oil and then place patties on heated oil.
  2. Cook patties until they reach an internal temperature of 165F / 74C degrees, ~5 minutes on each side.
  3. Heat pita pockets in the microwave or toaster just until warm.
  4. Slice burger patties in half and assemble pita pockets by filling each pita half with lettuce, tomatoes, burgers, and some tzatziki. (As noted above, you can also just stack the toppings between two pita pocket halves like a more traditional burger.)
  5. Serve pita pockets with carrots (and celery, if using) and remaining tzatziki on the side for dipping. Enjoy!
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Reviews

This meal has 22 reviews

Served with hummus on the side, it was decent but not amazing.

By: Jenna
Posted: Dec 09, 2018
Diet: Original

Very good--need to find pita pockets that work! Too bready otherwise.

By: Kathryn
Posted: Nov 08, 2018
Diet: Original

I had to doctor the tzatziki sauce, then this was fantastic

By: GEORGINE
Posted: Nov 07, 2018
Diet: Original

Lovely! Added hummus. made more like meatballs than patties

By: Brooke
Posted: Nov 05, 2018
Diet: Original

Agreed, this was messy, so I'd probably do it differently if I made it again. Bought tzatziki at the store, made meatballs rather than burgers, toasted the pita too early - so it was stiff by the time I went to assemble the meal. The bowl idea would have been a good one to try. Made sweet potato fries on the side as well.

By: Christine
Posted: Nov 05, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

The flavour of the burgers was AMAZING. I would 100% make them again. The only reason I'm not rating this four stars is because the tzatziki seemed bland and eating all this in a pita pocket wasn't optimal. If I were to make this meal again, I'd use a better tzatziki recipe and would either use regular hamburger bun or make small meatballs or something that could be more evenly distributed within the pitas.

By: Vickie
Posted: Nov 02, 2018
Diet: Original