Parga Beef Sliders Served With Two Sauces

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Parga Beef Sliders With Tzatziki Sauce and Garlic Mint Aioli

December 6, 2011

Parga Beef Slider With Tzatziki Sauce

Parga Beef Slider With Tzatziki Sauce

My dear friend, Christos shared three more recipes from his homeland and let me tell you, they are fabulous! Chris grew up in a tiny village along the northwestern coast of Greece. Having spent his childhood immersed in Parga’s rich ancient history and mythology, it is no wonder that he adds exotic inspiration to everything he prepares!

These Parga beef sliders are remarkably moist and juicy. Serve them with fresh tzatziki sauce and garlic mint aioli and your guests will devour them in no time. With fresh light toppings, they are a welcome alternative to ordinary burgers.

This tzatziki sauce recipe makes about three cups, which is more than you need for a single batch of Parga beef sliders. If you make the full recipe and have leftover tzatziki sauce, you can use it as a salad dressing for fresh tomatoes, as a dipping sauce for pita and vegetables, or in place of mayonnaise in sandwiches.

The garlic mint aioli recipe makes about two cups, which again, is more than you need for a single batch — especially if you are serving both sauces. Leftover aioli can be used as a topping for fish or chicken and also makes a great substitute for mayonnaise in sandwiches.

Parga Beef Sliders Served With Two Sauces
From the Kitchen of Christos Chalkis

Parga Beef Sliders

  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 TBS plain bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp dried mint
  • 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 ½ tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ouzo
    or ½ tsp star anise extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • mini burger buns

Garlic Mint Aioli

  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1 TBS water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • dash of ground pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup light olive oil
    or canola oil

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
    or plain yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh dill, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
Parga Beef Sliders With Fresh Parsley and Basil

Parga Beef Sliders
With Fresh Parsley And Basil

Garlic Mint Aioli: To prepare the garlic mint aioli, place the fresh mint leaves, garlic cloves, lemon juice, water, salt, and pepper in a food processor and blend until finely puréed. Add the egg yolks and oil and process to a mayonnaise consistency. Refrigerate until serving.

Tzatziki Sauce: To prepare the tzatziki sauce, peel the cucumber. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (discard the seeds). Cut the cucumber pieces in half and place them in a food processor. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.

Parga Beef Sliders: Preheat broiler or grill.

To prepare the sliders, mix all ingredients until well blended. Shape the beef mixture into 2” patties.

Place the sliders on the grill or under the broiler and cook them to your preference. Remove from heat.

Serve these Parga beef sliders on your favorite mini burger buns with garlic mint aioli and tzatziki sauce. They taste great with a slice of melted cheese, too. Kalí óreksi!

Blending Fresh Tzatziki Sauce With A Food Processor

Blending Fresh Tzatziki Sauce
With A Food Processor

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4 comments
KB and Whitesnake
KB and Whitesnake

The sliders look so good. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

Jo @ Jo's Health Corner
Jo @ Jo's Health Corner

Yummy! I love Tzatziki sauce. I used to make it all the time when I lived in Sweden, it is very popular to make over there..Thanks for sharing on the Living Well Blog Hop!

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

This is a great slider that is just packed with flavor. We would just love this slider. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon! Miz Helen

carolinaheartstrings
carolinaheartstrings

What wonderful Sunday dinner this would make. Looks just delicious. Come visit us. We would love to have you. We have a great appetizer for the holiday season today.