Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pita Pocket Burgers

And today's burger journey begins.  A loved one is coming home today for a visit, and by request it's Burgers!!!

My usual go to for making burgers is chuck roast.  I have used many other cuts of beef but chuck is the favorite here.  If you have never had the opportunity to grind your own meat for burgers, let me tell you, it's something you need to try, someday, someway. It enhances the flavor of the burger ten fold.

(Makes 6  half pound burgers)
3 lbs ground chuck
3 pita pockets, cut in half
1 lb mozzarella cheese, grated
6 large mushrooms, sliced
1 large sweet onion, sliced

I got the idea to make the "pita" burger when I bought some low carb pita pockets recently.  They are very thin and when slightly grilled, they are astonishing!  I like to enjoy my "burger" and not fill up on bread, so these are perfect.  The fact that they are low carb was purely accidental,but a huge plus to me. 

First I formed my patties in a round shape as I normally would.  Then I cut off the top 1/3 and pat the flat edge by hand to "tighten" it. If you are grilling your burgers outside you really don't need to drowned them with spices, let the fire or coals do the seasoning for you.  Since we already had the smoker going today, we ended up putting the grate in the smoker box and cooked the burgers over hickory wood.  My personal preference is a burger that is cooked to medium.  But any way you shake a stick at it, grilling burgers outside, wood, charcoal, or gas, is the way to go!

Grill as you normally would, once burgers are done to your likeness, top with grated cheese while still on the grill, close lid for a couple of minutes, then remove patties, it doesn't take long for the cheese to melt!
Grill the mushrooms and onions, toast the pita bread.  Assemble and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I have an assortment of grilling baskets and flat slotted trays to use for grilling veggies. Look in the grilling section of any major store, or go online, the options are limitless.

Next time you're craving a burger, fire up that grill, you won't be sorry!

1 comment:

  1. I have been using Joseph's pitas for years, but never did my thick brain think to make the burgers fit the bread. Too smart my friend, that is you! Love this idea and will be doing that from now on:)