Day 15 VeganMoFo is all about gyros and tempeh. Making this Gyro Tempeh Burger was just like eating a wonderful gyro, burger style. The tempeh is marinated in a Greek seasoned oil and is then served with a Cucumber Tzaziki.
I served these burgers on flat rounds, which mimic a pita quite nicely, but you can, of course, serve them in pita bread. Even if you use regular pita, make sure to toast it well to offer some desired crunch.
The tzaziki adds enough of a sauce-feel that there is no actual need for anything additional. Gyros were one of my most favorite sandwiches pre-veg days, so I wouldn't steer you wrong.
If you happen to have Everyday Vegan Eats, make sure to check out my Greek Gyro with Tzaziki Sauce (page 77) for a more authentic version of a gyro.
Just as Tami Noyes (Vegan Finger Foods and American Vegan Kitchen) will make a Reuben out of anything, (really ANything, I mean ANYTHING), I'll do the same with a gyro, hence this not-so-traditional burger.
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Gyro Tempeh Burger with Cucumber Tzaziki
Makes 4 burgers
1 (8-ounce) package tempeh
4 tablespoons Gyro Seasoned Oil, divided, recipe below
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 medium cucumber, peeled into thin stips
¼ cup unsweetened plain vegan yogurt
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
4 thin burger rounds or two pita bread, halved and split
Lettuce, tomato and onion, as needed
1. Cut the tempeh in half. Cut each half in half diagonally. Cut each quarter in half through the middle so that you have 8 thin slices of tempeh. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt, black pepper and sliced tempeh in a large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze the cucumber slices with your hand to eliminate much of the liquid. Make the tzaziki by combining the cucumber, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, yogurt, and chili flakes in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the tempeh in the skillet until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Take care adding the tempeh to the hot skillet; the marinade will sputter.
4. Add the reserved marinating onion and herbs to the skillet and cook until golden.
5. Oil the rounds with the seasoned oil and toast in the skillet until golden.
6. Assemble the burgers by layering lettuce, tomato onion, 2 tempeh slices and tzazki on each bottom toasted round and finish with the top buns. Serve.
Gyro Seasoned Oil
½ cup neutral oil
10 garlic cloves, minced
½ medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1. Combine the oil, garlic, onion, oregano and Rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
2. Strain the oil, reserving the vegetables.
3. The oil will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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