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Greek Burger Pita Pocket
with tzatziki / carrot sticks

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
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!


  • 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


  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.)

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  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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