Lean and Mean Ostrich Burgers with Grilled Bread and Butter Pickles

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Olive or vegetable oil, for grilling

2 pounds ground ostrich meat 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 large sandwich-size whole-grain or whole-wheat English muffins, split

1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup whiskey-flavored whole-grain Dijon mustard (or your favorite Dijon)

4 slices beefsteak tomato

4 leaves butter lettuce

Grilled Bread and Butter Pickles, for serving, recipe follows

Grilled Bread and Butter Pickles:

3 pickling cucumbers, halved lengthwise

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon pickling spices

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Pinch red chili flakes

1 large clove garlic, smashed

Directions

  1. Prepare a charcoal grill by lighting charcoal and letting it burn until it glows bright orange, ashes over, and is very hot. Brush the grill grate generously with oil. 
  2. Meanwhile, put the ostrich meat in a mixing bowl, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, and form into 4 equal-size patties about 3/4-inch thick. Grill the burgers, turning once, until medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes. 
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of the yogurt on each of 4 muffin halves, and 1 tablespoon mustard on each of the remaining muffin halves. Place the burgers on the mustard-coated muffins; top each with a slice of tomato, lettuce, and a generous pile of pickles. Top with the yogurt-coated muffins and serve immediately.

Grilled Bread and Butter Pickles:

  1. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to high.
  2. Put the cucumbers, cut-side down, on the hot grill and cook, without turning, until grill marks appear and the cucumbers have softened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the honey, vinegar, 1/3 cup water, the pickling spices, turmeric, chili flakes and garlic in a small bowl, glass jar or pie plate. Transfer the hot cucumbers to the pickling liquid, being sure they are completely submerged. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before draining and slicing crosswise. Pickles can be served immediately, or sliced and stored in the pickling liquid in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.