Greek-Style Smash Burger

Greek-Style Smash Burger


1 lb ground lamb or beef
½ red onion, finely minced or grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh mint
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried mint
½ tsp paprika
¼ cup tzatziki

Pita bread
Toppings, dill, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives and fresh mint

French fries:
1 cup vegetable oil
2-3 russet potatoes, washed and sliced
Salt to taste


  1. In a small iron skillet, pour cooking oil and bring to about 350˚F. Using a fryer ladle, carefully place fries in the oil using a wooden spatula, keep fries separated.
  2. Let cook for 15-20 minutes or until crispy. Once ready, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel or drying rack to remove excess oil. Season with salt or pepper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add ground meat, onion, garlic, mint, and seasonings until fully combined. Roll into 4 balls.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Place the meat on the hot surface then followed by your pita. Using a heavy pan or burger press, smash the pita down on top of the burger until it’s as flat as you can make it. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the meat is crispy and cooked through.
  5. Once ready, flip over your pita and cook for 1 minute until your pita is toasted.
  6. Add your favorite tzatziki, toppings and serve!