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Pita Sandwiches with Grilled Beef Patties and Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Jamie Purviance

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    25 mins

  • Grilling Time

    9 to 11 mins

Ingredients
Instructions

the Ingredients

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Patties

  • ⅓ cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion, about 8 ounces, minced or grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pushed through a press
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sauce

  • ½ cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced or pushed through a press
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
 
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 6 thin slices red onion, cut in half crosswise
  • 4 pita pockets (standard size)

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Instructions

  • If the bulgur is labeled fine, place it in a bowl and stir in ¾ cup hot water, then cover and soak until tender, about 15 minutes. If it’s coarse (sometimes labeled number 2 or 3) place it in a small saucepan with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer until tender and the water is absorbed, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
  • Mix the patty ingredients, and then gently form eight patties of equal size in an oval shape, each 2½ to 3 inches wide and about ¾ inch thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 1 inch wide in the center of the patties to prevent them from forming a dome as they cook. Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill. 
  • In a small bowl whisk the sauce ingredients until smooth and the tahini is thoroughly incorporated.
  • Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F). 
    Prepare the grill for cooking over high heat (500°F). 
  • Grill the patties over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the pita over direct heat until slightly puffed (making them easier to stuff), turning once.
    Grill the patties over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to well done (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the pita over high heat until slightly puffed (making them easier to stuff), turning once.
    Grill the patties over high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to well done (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the pita over high heat until slightly puffed (making them easier to stuff), turning once.
  • Cut each pita crosswise in half and place a dollop of the sauce inside each one. Then add a patty, cucumber slices, and onion. Top with additional sauce and serve right away.

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