Moussaka Burgers from ClosetCooking.com

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.


Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
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
  • 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
Directions
    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!
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