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"This dish is a delicious crucible of American, Greek, and Turkish cuisine. My entire family and friends love it so much, it makes a regular appearance at all of our cookouts. It's spicy, it's zesty, it's pure deliciousness. Enjoy!"

Provided by @MakeItYours

Number Of Ingredients 21

3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and shredded cucumber
2 1/4 cups plain yogurt
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground sumac
1 pound ground beef
1 small sweet onion, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Urfa biber
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 hamburger buns


  • Place the grated cucumber on a heavy-duty paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Top with another towel, and pat dry; set aside. Scoop the yogurt into a large square of fine cheesecloth, twist the ends to close, and squeeze to remove excess moisture.
  • Transfer the strained yogurt to a bowl, and stir in 2 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Gradually add 1 tablespoon olive oil, whisking constantly, until fully incorporated. Mix in the garlic, dill, and drained cucumbers; cover and refrigerate.
  • Combine the red onion, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and sumac. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Place the ground beef in a bowl and add the minced onion, red pepper flakes, coriander, cumin, Urfa biber, and butter. Mix gently with your hands until all of the ingredients are well distributed.
  • Place bell pepper in blender and blend until it is mostly pureed. Pour off any excess liquid, and add the bell pepper and kosher salt to the meat; mix well. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions and form into patties slightly larger than the buns, as the patties will shrink a bit.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  • Brush the patties with 2 tablespoons olive oil and grill on high and direct heat about 5 minutes per side or until done to your liking. Place each burger on a bun; top the burgers with cucumber and yogurt tzatziki and the lemon-soaked red onion and sumac mixture.

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