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Mediterranean Pita Burgers recipeI hope that all of the dad’s out there had a wonderful and relaxing Father’s Day. We had the busiest weekend we have had in a long time. It was great, just non-stop. To celebrate Father’s Day, we decided to go to Annapolis to get some crabs. We were planning on going to an out of the way crab place, but there was a wait to park. Yup, you read that right. There was a line 20 cars deep of people just trying to get a parking spot. We decided to head back into town and had a great late lunch/early dinner. We took a nice walk and looked at the boats. It was a great afternoon.

annapolisWith all of the crazy of this weekend, I really didn’t have a ton of time to do much grocery shopping or meal planning. I took a look in the fridge and took a quick inventory and came up with these Mediterranean-inspired burgers. I had made a tomato and feta dip for Van’s that I wanted to use, some burgers that I bought at Whole Foods, whole wheat pitas, hummus, and fresh basil from my garden. I put it all together and hoped for the best. My husband declared this the best burger I have ever made. Everything worked together and it was delicious. It will be on heavy rotation this summer for sure.

I was lucky enough to go to the Sabra Headquarters in Richmond a few weeks ago. I have always loved their hummus, but I had no idea how many different ways that you can use hummus in your recipes. I do not eat mayonnaise and you can substitute hummus for mayo in just about every recipe. Who knew? Instead of adding mayo to your burger, try using hummus instead. So rich and creamy, and an added bonus – less fat and lots of protein.

Mediterranean Pita Burgers recipeGround beef burgers
Salt and pepper
Tomato and Feta Dip
Fresh basil
Whole wheat pita
Sabra Classic Hummus

Mediterranean Pita BurgersSeason burgers with salt and pepper. Grill to your preferred temperature.
Tomato and Feta DipTo make the tomato and feta mixture:

1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
zest of one lemon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon basil, chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 green onions, sliced thinly
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

In a small bowl, combine garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper, and basil. Gently fold in tomatoes, green onion, and feta. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with more basil if desired.

Mediterranean Pita Burgers recipeAdd burgers to pita, top with a generous helping of hummus , tomato and feta dip, and fresh basil.

Mediterranean Pita Burgers

Mediterranean Pita Burgers

Mediterranean Pita Burgers

Ingredients

  • Ground beef burgers
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomato and Feta Dip
  • Fresh basil
  • Whole wheat pita
  • Sabra Hummus (I used plain)
  • Tomato Feta Dip
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon basil, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Season burgers with salt and pepper. Grill to your preferred temperature.
  2. To make the tomato and feta topping: In a small bowl, combine garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper, and basil. Gently fold in tomatoes, green onion, and feta. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with more basil if desired.  
  3. Add burgers to pita, top with a generous helping of hummus, tomato and feta dip, and fresh basil.
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Disclosure: I am being paid by Sabra for this post.  I am compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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17 Responses to Mediterranean Pita Burgers

  1. Corey Grundel says:

    Yum! Putting this on the menu for this week!

  2. Kathy says:

    My husband would love this! Pinning to add to the menu soon!
    Kathy recently posted..Peanut Butter Ice Cream

  3. Theresa says:

    Aahhh…you were in my backyard this weekend! It was a gorgeous weekend to be in Annapolis and Eastport. I hope you enjoyed it and will return again – but not in October. October is boat show month – equally horrendous parking dilemmas. A suggestion – park at the Naval Academy stadium lot and ride the shuttle into town. Some fun spots – Chick n Ruth’s – a landmark, Joss Sushi, Hats in the Belfry just for fun.

  4. Denise says:

    Great sounding burger, I always like one that is a bit not traditional. The pita is the greatest touch. I, too, love using hummus as well as smashed up avocado in place of mayo, makes for a more interesting “sandwich”.

  5. What great flavors! Double yum!

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  8. Litia says:

    Thank you! Delicious!

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  10. carla says:

    Wow! This looks so delicious and what a great idea. Stumbled upon your blog and love everything. Making these for the family tonight!
    Thanks Bree!!
    Carla

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