Recipe: Mediterranean chicken pita burgers

Recipe: Mediterranean chicken pita burgers

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Recipe: Mediterranean chicken pita burgers

For a healthier burger option, this piquant Mediterranean version is the way to go. It features lean meat and lots of vegetables and packed with plenty of robust taste. 




  • ¼ cup grated English cucumber
  • ½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tsp harissa paste
  • 1½ tsp organic liquid honey
  • ½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 lb lean ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 pita pockets
  • Thinly sliced watermelon radishes and cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, torn fresh mint leaves and fresh sprouts for topping



Wrap the grated cucumber in a clean tea towel; squeeze to remove any excess liquid. In a small bowl, mix together the cucumber, yogurt, harissa, honey and lemon juice.

In a large bowl, mix together ¼ cup of the yogurt mixture, the chicken, garlic, egg, mint, coriander, cumin and salt.

Shape the mixture into four ½"-thick patties. (Patties can be layered between squares of parchment paper in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)

Place the patties on a greased grill over medium- high heat; cook, turning once, until an instant read thermometer inserted sideways into the patties reads 160°F, 8 to 10 minutes.

Place the pitas on the grill, turning once, until warmed through, about 1 minute. Spread some of the remaining yogurt mixture on the pitas. Top the pitas with the patties and desired toppings; serve immediately.

Serve 4

Excerpted from Canadian Living's Mediterranean Flavours by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Recipes Copyright © 2018. Excerpted by permission by Juniper Publishing. All rights reserved.


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Recipe: Mediterranean chicken pita burgers