This is a recipe I got from an old cookbook I’ve had for years. The book is Greek Cooking by Ruth Kershner. The book was published in 1977. It’s an oldie but goodie; and most likely out of print. I enjoy Greek cuisine and Greek wines. The Geeks have been cooking since 1000 B.C.E. They know a thing or two about preparing a good meal.

Although this recipe is for hamburgers, it’s more of a dinner than the usual burger on a bun. The meat is simmered in a delicious gravy, and it goes great with mashed potatoes or any grain, for that matter. Add a good Greek wine like a Skouras or a Semeli, and you’re set for a feast.



1¼ pounds ground beef
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
½ cup cooked rice
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1½ tablespoons flour
½ cup hot beef broth
¼ cup red wine
¼ cup sourcream


1, Combine the meat, salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, and onion. Mix well with your hands or a fork. Add the rice and mix to combine. Form into 8 hamburger patties.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the hamburger patties. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and keep them warm.
3. Add the tomato paste to the pan drippings. Then sprinkle with the flour  and stir until smooth. Slowly add the broth and red wine, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat until thickened.
4. Remove from the heat, and stir in the sour cream. Add the patties to the gravy and simmer for 10 minutes. Arrange the patties and gravy on a serving dish and serve.
Yield: 4 servings.