Yum! Try these new takes on the classic burger

Tired of your same old juicy cheeseburger? Looking for something different? Here, chef Scott Kroener shares his tasty take on the classic burger, as well as his recipe for a falafel burger.

Falafel burger
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Makes 4 burgers


  • Falafel burger

    • 1 each pita bread, split open to form two discs
    • 1 oz arrugala
    • 2 oz. pickled cucumber slices (see recipe below)
    • 3 each slices ripe red Roma tomatoes, 1/8" thick
    • 1 oz feta cheese, crumbled
    • 4 rings of sliced red onion, 1/4 " thick
    • 2 oz tatzhiki sauce (see recipe below)
    • 8 oz. falafel mix, pressed into a patty (see recipe below)
    • 1 oz olive oil
  • Pickled cucumber slices

    • 2 oz 1/8" thick slices of seedless cucumber
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tbs lemon juice
    • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • Falafel mix

    • 1 lb ground chick peas
    • 3 tbs tahini paste
    • Juice of 2 lemons
    • 3 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Extra virgin olive oil (to just hold mixture together)
  • Tatzhiki sauce

    • 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
    • 2 oz sour cream
    • Juice of 2 lemons
    • 1 tbs minced garlic
    • 2 tsp chopped mint
    • 1 tsp chopped dill
    • 1/4 cup grated seedless cucumber
    • Salt and pepper to taste


Baking Directions:

Pickled cucumber slicesCombine all ingredients and let marinate in refrigerator for 3 hours.Falafel mixCombine all ingredients In a bowl. Moisten with oil to just hold together.Tatzhiki sauceCombine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.Falafel burgerPlace one side of pita on plate. Top with arugala, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and cheese.Pan fry falafel patty until golden brown on both sides. Place on top of vegetables. Top with tatzhiki sauce. Place remaining pita on top of patty.Serve with parmesan and sea salted fries.

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