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    Connie Sarros' Greek Burger Patties

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    Connie Sarros' Greek Burger Patties - Photo: CC--Don LaVange
    Caption: Photo: CC--Don LaVange

    This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2003 edition of Celiac.com's Journal of Gluten-Sensitivity.

    Celiac.com 09/18/2014 - Right now, it is considered the “in” thing to be on a low carbohydrate diet.  Dr. Atkins has become a household word.  Try this great low carb recipe for your gluten-free and low carb diet.



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    Dairy-free:  Omit the cheese.
    Vegetarian:  Substitute crumbled gluten-free veggie burgers for the lamb.
    Vegan:  Substitute crumbled gluten-free veggie burgers for the lamb.  Omit the cheese.

    Photo: CC--Don LaVangeIngredients:

    • 3 green onions, sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • ¾ lb. ground lamb
    • 2 teaspoons oregano
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon dill
    • ½ teaspoon mint
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
    • 1 tomato, minced
    • 3 Tablespoons low-salt feta cheese, crumbled
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

    Directions:
    In a small pan, sauté onions and garlic in oil over medium heat until tender but not browned; transfer to a medium bowl.  Add remaining ingredients to bowl and mix well.  Form into 4 patties.  Grill or broil patties about 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Serves 4.

    Calories: 305; Total fat: 25g; Saturated fat: 10.1g; Cholesterol: 68.1mg; Sodium: 135.6mg; Carbohydrates: 4.4g; Fiber: 0.7g; Sugar: 1.1g; Protein: 15.7



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  • About Me

    Connie Sarros

    Connie Sarros travels the country speaking to celiac support groups.  She has a DVD “All You Wanted to Know About Gluten-free Cooking” and has written the following books:

    • Newly Diagnosed Survival Kit
    • Wheat-free Gluten-free Dessert Cookbook
    • Wheat-free Gluten-free Recipes for Special Diets
    • Wheat-free Gluten-free Reduced Calorie Cookbook
    • Wheat-free Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults
    • Gluten-free Cooking for Dummies

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    ½ teaspoon pepper
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