Greek Burger and Zaatar Carrots
Greek food’s popularity is on the rise in the United States. It is heavily ingredient based, meaning that Greek food is meant to taste good, not meant to be prepared beautifully as you would expect with something like French cooking. We as a country are always on the lookout for new foods to try, and for the most delicious options. Hamburgers didn’t hit the scene in Greece until the 1970s. After that, Greeks began putting their own twists on this American classic food, adding other ingredients and spices directly to the meat. For a decadent meal to eat once in a while, turn to the Greek burger with zaatar carrots. Despite being a burger, it is not pressed between two buns and is best enjoyed as is. If you think it is too naked this way, throw some caramelized onions on top for more eye candy and even more flavor.
The cheese in this burger is combined with the meat, which is a unique feature. The cheese was feta, but you could substitute that with another crumbly cheese like blue cheese if you don’t particularly like feta. This kind of substitution will eliminate one of the Greek elements of the burger though, so your burger will be slightly less cool and interesting.
Za'atar Seasoning on carrots really makes this meal. This seasoning comes from the Middle East and plenty of cooks have declared that by some food magic, the presence of Zaatar makes any Mediterranean dish even more flavorful. This is absolutely the case with these carrots when paired with this burger.
These burgers are at their best when they are grilled. After the burgers have finished cooking, add just a little more Greek Seasoning and enjoy. Both the burgers and the carrots were a hit in the test kitchen, but everyone was especially impressed with the meat in this recipe. This is truly an indulgent recipe, so indulge away.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. In a small skillet on medium-low heat, add 1 Tbsp ghee or butter and onions. Caramelize the onions.
- Spread carrots out on baking dish and drizzle olive oil and zataar over top, and toss. Place carrots in oven and roast for 20-25 minutes. Stir carrots once or twice during roasting, so they don’t stick.
- Chop spinach and mince garlic. Cube or crumble cheese. Add these ingredients, plus the Greek Seasoning in a bowl with the ground beef and mix thoroughly. Form into 2 patties.
- Place patties in a heated grill, and cook until the internal temperature is 165 F.
- Serve burger with carrots, and garnish with the caramelized onions on top of the burger.