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Biftekia Skharas: Grilled Beef & Pork Combo Burgers

In Greek: μπιφτέκια σχάρας, pronounced beef-TEHK-yah SKHAH-rahs

A mixture of ground beef and pork makes for fabulous burgers on the grill. This simple and easy recipe calls for parsley and onion and, as usual, these burgers are served with wedges of lemon for those who want the authentic Greek taste. The meat can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use.

Beef & Pork Combo Burgers on the Grill

Beef & Pork Combo Burgers on the Grill

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2/3 cups of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup of dry or toasted breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 lemons, cut in wedges


Fire up the grill (or turn on broiler).

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a bowl, and mix by hand until just blended. Do not knead. If the mixture is a little dry, add a little olive oil to moisten.

Form into burgers, round or oval shaped, about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches long.

Brush grate with oil and grill for 15 minutes on each side, until outside is crisp and meat is done all the way through, but not dry. (Because these contain pork, they need to be more well done than beef burgers.)

Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing… the crowning touch!

Yield: about 15 burgers


  1. If broiling, set the burgers 7-8 inches under the broiler. They should not cook too quickly or the outside will burn and the inside will still be pink.
  2. The raw burger mixture can be frozen. Thaw before cooking.

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