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At Dirk's
we carry many additional items to complete and complement your favorite recipe such as:
- Select Fresh   
- Fresh Breads
- Fresh Chips &
- Parchment Paper
    (by the sheet)
- Seafood Utensils
and more.....

Mediterranean Asian Carp Burgers with Arugula, Tzatziki and Pickled Onions
  • Yet another awesome creation by Terry,  a  tasty, healthy and VERY sustainable Asian carp BBQ option! The combination of flavors will tantilaze your taste buds and this burger will become a regular on your grill! By consuming Asian carp we are contributioning to the reduction of the current population plus helping our local environment and enjoying a healthy lean protien that I think is much tastier than the ever popular tilapia.
  • The pickled onions in themselves are a great treat to have on hand to compliment any sandwich or salad.


Pickled Onions

  • 8 cups red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed or anise star
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 dried red chili pepper or fresh serrano chili


  • 2 lb Asian carp fillets, skinned and ground
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 4 teaspoons dry oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh oregano
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Arugula
  • Tzatziki Sauce Recipe



  • Use a mandolin or food processor to slice onions. In a non reactive sauce pan, put vinegar, sugar, salt, anise, bay leaves, and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower to simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Add onions and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool. Put in container with lid. Refrigerate untill ready to use. Keeps refrigerated for up to a month.


  • Combine all ingredients, mix well. Form into oval patties using 1/2 cup measure, makes 12 patties. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brush patties with canola oil before grilling. On a medium high grill, cook 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Cut pita in half, toast on grill. Slide burger into pita, add arugula, tzatziki, and onions. Take a big bite and enjoy!
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