Warm Greek Sandwiches and Mini Beef Burgers

Here's how to get a simple kid's meal and a more adventurous parent-meal from one basic recipe. Make up a flavourful ground beef base mixture and then split the batch in two — use one half for kid-friendly Mini Beef Burgers and the other half to make Warm Greek Sandwiches. While the beef burgers cook, the sandwiches are quickly pulled together.

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time15 mins

 1 ¼ lb (625 g) Lean Ground Beef Sirloin, Round or Chuck*
 ¼ cup (50 mL) Worcestershire sauce
 2 green onions, thinly sliced
 1 carrot, finely grated
 1 tbsp (15 mL) wheat germ
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper

1

Combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, onions, carrot, wheat germ and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 2 equal portions. Use half the mixture to make Warm Greek Sandwiches and the other half to make Mini-Burgers.

2

Warm Greek Sandwiches: Cook half the ground beef mixture in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up meat with back of spoon, for 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat; drain and toss with 1/4 cup (50 mL) calorie reduced Greek vinaigrette dressing. Divide among 4 warm whole wheat pitas. Top with some shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomato, sliced red onion and crumbled feta cheese.

3

Mini-Burgers: Form half the ground beef mixture into fifteen patties, using 1 tbsp (15 mL) for each patty to make 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick patties. Bake on foil-lined baking tray in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for about 12 to 14 minutes, turning twice, until digital thermometer inserted into several patties reads 160°F (71°C). Cut 5 hot dog buns into thirds and tuck a patty into each third. Note: Any extra patties can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Ingredients

 1 ¼ lb (625 g) Lean Ground Beef Sirloin, Round or Chuck*
 ¼ cup (50 mL) Worcestershire sauce
 2 green onions, thinly sliced
 1 carrot, finely grated
 1 tbsp (15 mL) wheat germ
 ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper

Directions

1

Combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, onions, carrot, wheat germ and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 2 equal portions. Use half the mixture to make Warm Greek Sandwiches and the other half to make Mini-Burgers.

2

Warm Greek Sandwiches: Cook half the ground beef mixture in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up meat with back of spoon, for 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat; drain and toss with 1/4 cup (50 mL) calorie reduced Greek vinaigrette dressing. Divide among 4 warm whole wheat pitas. Top with some shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomato, sliced red onion and crumbled feta cheese.

3

Mini-Burgers: Form half the ground beef mixture into fifteen patties, using 1 tbsp (15 mL) for each patty to make 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick patties. Bake on foil-lined baking tray in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for about 12 to 14 minutes, turning twice, until digital thermometer inserted into several patties reads 160°F (71°C). Cut 5 hot dog buns into thirds and tuck a patty into each third. Note: Any extra patties can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Warm Greek Sandwiches and Mini Beef Burgers
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