Grilled Havarti Burgers in Pitas

Grilled Havarti Burgers in Pitas

A simple way to spruce up a cheeseburger...tucked in pita bread with tangy veggies and cheese.

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medium tomato, sliced
medium cucumber, thinly sliced
cup purchased balsamic vinaigrette
lb. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
teaspoon salt
(1-oz.) thin slices Havarti cheese
(8-inch) pita (pocket) breads, halved
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In shallow bowl, mix tomato, cucumber and vinaigrette. Let stand while preparing patties.
  2. In medium bowl, combine ground beef, onion, Italian seasoning, garlic-pepper blend and salt; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 oblong patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. When grill is heated, place patties on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cover grill; cook 11 to 13 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F., turning once. During last 1 to 2 minutes of cooking time, place cheese on patties; cook until melted.
  4. Place cheese-topped patties in pita bread halves. Spoon tomato-cucumber mixture into bread halves with patties.
Makes 4 sandwiches
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
To broil patties, place on broiler pan; broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F., turning once. During last 30 to 60 seconds of broiling time, place cheese on patties; broil until melted.
Ingredient Info
Pita or pocket breads are available in a variety of flavors and sizes. Use any flavor you like for these hearty sandwiches.
Danish Havarti cheese is pale yellow and has a mild, tangy flavor. It’s wonderful sliced and eaten with crackers or melted for sandwiches as in this recipe.
Kitchen Tip
If the cheese slices are too big for the burger, fold the slice in half before placing it on the burger.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Sandwich)
  • Calories 535
    • (Calories from Fat 280),
  • Total Fat 31g
    • (Saturated Fat 13g,),
  • Cholesterol 100mg;
  • Sodium 960mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 34g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 ;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.