Mpiftekia, which are Greek homemade burgers are ideal for those who are on a diet provided the meat is lean and served with a salad. All it needs is to squeeze some fresh lemon juice when they are still hot and serve with a low-fat yoghurt sauce.
There is a huge difference between homemade beef burgers, using good quality meat and no preservatives and store-bought burgers . You know what ingredients are in there.
Not everyone in the family is watching their weight, so I spoil them with Fried potatoes, the Greek way (fried in olive oil) or healthier roasted potatoes wrapped in parchment paper, regular Tzatziki or Avocado Tzatziki and Tyropitakia (cheese puffs).
My children prefer them the American way, in a bun with ketchup, some vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, onion slices mixed with parsley and pickled cucumbers and sometimes I also make some caramelized onions.
The burgers I made are around 200 grams each, uncooked . I am not on a diet but like to eat healthy. If you are on a diet you can make your burgers around 150 grams each.
Moscharisia Mpiftekia (Beef Burgers) – Recipe by Ivy
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 – 20 minutes
Serves : 5
- 1 kilo ground veal
- 2 medium onions
- 6 slices toast bread with the crust, ground
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Freshly grated black pepper
- A pinch of oregano
- A pinch of thyme
- Crumble the bread in a food processor. Add it to the minced meat.
- Puree the onion with a little olive oil in a food processor.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape the burgers. (If you want to store them in the freezer wrap them with cling film).
- Heat a barbecue to hot. Cook for five minutes on each side.
- If not barbecuing, lay an aluminum foil on the grill of your oven and bake near the grill for about 15 minutes. Turn them over and simultaneously remove the foil.
- Bake on the other side for 5 more minutes.
You can find this and many more Greek recipes in my cookbook “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” both available on all Amazon stores.
Other relevant recipes:
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,