BIFTEKI BURGER SANDWICH
Provided by Food Network
Yield 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 16
- For the tzatziki: Place the cucumber into a strainer or colander over a bowl and squeeze with your hands the shredded cucumber to release the liquid. When the liquid comes to a slow drip, set the strainer into a bowl and set the bowl in the refrigerator to continue to slowly drip for 30 minutes. Make sure the bottom of the strainer does not touch the bowl. (The purpose of straining the cucumber is important to retain the thick consistency of tzatziki sauce. You can either discard the cucumber liquid or reserve it to make a refreshing cucumber water drink.)
- Empty the yogurt into a medium bowl. Add the strained cucumber along with the garlic, dill, vinegar and oil into the bowl and gently mix with a whisk. When all the ingredients are equally distributed, your tzatziki sauce is ready. Season with salt and pepper, if using. (Sauce can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated.)
- For the bifteki: In a medium bowl, add the ground beef, red onion and mint leaves. With your hands, work in all the ingredients until everything is equally distributed. Then add the crumbled cheese and mix, being careful not to overwork the mixture. You want the cheese to stay relatively chunky. Form into a loaf and cut into 6 equal pieces, about 5 ounces each. Form each piece into an oval-shaped meatball and then pat down to form an oval shaped patty. (Patties can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated.)
- For the sandwich: Cook each patty on a hot charcoal grill or broiler for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until desired temperature is reached. (I like this patty cooked to medium, unlike my burgers that I prefer on the rare side.)
- Lightly toast the baguettes on the grill, if desired. Remove from the heat and then spread 1 tablespoon of tzatziki sauce on the top half of each baguette piece. When the patties are ready, remove from the heat and cut on a bias into 3 equal parts. Spread the cut pieces over the bottom half of the toasted baguette. Top the patty with sliced tomatoes and sliced red onions. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and Spanish smoked paprika, if using. Press both sides of the baguette together and enjoy.
BIFTEKI (GREEK HAMBURGERS)
- Mix first 8 ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Divide in half and form 2 patties.
- Place the chees e and tomato slice between two patties and form into one large patty.
- Grill, or broil until done. Place on a toasted bun, sourdough bread or dark bread and serve. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.
- Preheat grill for indirect heat.
- In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, yogurt, thyme, and salt and pepper. Form meat into 8 patties, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
- Cut the cheese into 4 slices. Place one cheese slice between two patties, and seal the edges. Repeat with remaining beef patties and cheese slices. Set bifteki aside.
- Brush grate with oil, and arrange bifteki on hot grate. Cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until meat is cooked through and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 347.4 calories, Carbohydrate 1.9 g, Cholesterol 117.3 mg, Fat 23.9 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 29.6 g, SaturatedFat 11.3 g, Sodium 406.7 mg, Sugar 1.4 g
BIFTEKI (HAMBURGER PATTIES)
- Combine all ingredients and mix well with hands.
- Shape into oval patties, like hamburgers.
- Broil them in oven until desired doneness.
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