Moussaka Burgers

Moussaka Burgers
With the long weekend coming up I have been thinking about grilling and in particular about these moussaka burgers. Moussaka is a tasty Mediterranean dish that is typically made with layers of eggplant, meat, a tomato sauce and a cheese bechamel sauce and I have been wanting to try making burgers with these flavours for a while now. I started the burgers off by making a tomato sauce with the hints of cinnamon and allspice that moussaka often has and then I moved on to make a simple bechamel sauce with plenty of melted melted cheese. Up next were the patties which I kept nice and simple, once again seasoning with hints of cinnamon and allspice, and the last component was slices of eggplant that I grilled along with the patties.

All said and done these burgers are amazingly good and they definitely taste like moussaka, only better! These burgers take a bit of time to make but you can easily make the sauces and patties a day ahead and then just warm the sauces and grill the patties and eggplant of the day of your get together with minimal effort. I served the moussaka burgers with a fresh Greek salad .

Moussaka Burgers
These burgers may be a little messy but they are super tasty and sure to disappear quickly!

Moussaka Burgers

Moussaka Burgers

Moussaka Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes Servings: 4

Burgers with all of the flavours of moussaka including grilled eggplant and seasoned patties topped with both a tomato sauce and a bechamel cheese sauce.

    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
  • 1/8 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
    For the tomato sauce:
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the pureed tomato, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper and simmer until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
  4. For the bechamel cheese sauce:
  5. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat and cook until it turns a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the flour and simmer until it turns a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the milk and simmer until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the cheese and let it melt.
  9. Season with nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.
  10. For the burgers:
  11. 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.
  12. Brush the eggplant with oil and grill or pan-fry over medium-high heat (or broil) until tender, about 5 minutes.
  13. Lightly toast the buns, assemble the burgers with the eggplant, patties, tomato sauce and cheese sauce and enjoy!


Tieghan said...

And you have done it again! This is incredible, Kevin! I love the flavors!

Carrian Cheney said...

Geez, Kevin! This seriously looks incredible!

Shashi Charles said...

Such an intersting addition of cinnamon into the sauce for these burgers! Yum!
Shashi @

naomi said...

Incredible and so creative!

Jenny Flake said...

These are just too good for words, Love!!


Amazing-looking burgers, Kevin!!

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Making me hungry, as usual! The burgers look amazing!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I want one for lunch!

Marie Matter said...

Messy burgers are always the most delicious burgers! These look amazing!

marla said...

Perfect burgers Kevin!

Gaby said...

these are SCREAMING to be made this labor day weekend!

Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain said...

Um, these are being made ASAP!!!

Bettina @ Books, Bikes, and Food said...

Oh my God, these sound like perfection. Yum! Great for the end of summer. I might have to make them soon!

Maria said...

That is one mighty burger!

Kiran @ said...

Yummy!! Interesting addition of cinnamon in the sauce :)

Christine Willard said...

Will make these next week for company. I love moussaka and Greek salad. Thanks for recipe!!

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

Suddenly, I need more eggplant in my life. Love this, Kevin!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

You wouldn't mind messy with a burger that looks that good. When I saw it on Google+ I was blown away.

Anonymous said...

burgers look irresistibly scrumptious and so well browned,yummy :-)

vanillasugarblog said...

I love using ground beef to create ethic dishes, I mean when your broke and want to be creative ground beef is the way!
Looks amazing Kevin!

Heather Christo said...

this is amazing. I love the greek flavors in here!

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