Moussaka Burgers

Photo by Susan M.
Adapted from closetcooking.com

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

4

Servings

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Adapted from closetcooking.com

Ingredients

  • For the tomato sauce:

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • 1

    small onion, diced

  • 2

    cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2

    cups tomato (fresh or canned), pureed

  • 1

    teaspoon oregano

  • 1/4

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4

    teaspoon allspice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • For the bechamel cheese sauce:

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 2

    tablespoons flour

  • 1

    cup milk

  • 1/2

    cup graviera or gruyere or parmigiano reggiano (parmsan), grated

  • 1/4

    teaspoon nutmeg

  • One

    eighth teaspoon cayenne

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • For the burgers:

  • 1 1/4

    pounds ground beef or lamb

  • 1/4

    cup onion, grated

  • 2

    cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1/4

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4

    teaspoon allspice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4

    slices eggplant

  • 4

    buns

Directions

For the tomato sauce: Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the pureed tomato, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper and simmer until it thickens, about 5 minutes. For the bechamel cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat and cook until it turns a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and simmer until it turns a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the milk and simmer until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese and let it melt. Season with nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste. For the burgers: Mix the meat, onion, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper, form patties and grill or pan-fry over medium-high heat (or broil) until cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side. Brush the eggplant with oil and grill or pan-fry over medium-high heat (or broil) until tender, about 5 minutes. 11.Lightly toast the buns, assemble the burgers with the eggplant, patties, tomato sauce and cheese sauce and enjoy!

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