Recipes

Lamb Burgers (without the bun)

Lamb Burger 1

These Lamb Burgers are very tasty and healthy, if served without the bun. I indicate buns are optional with the recipe, but with the Tzatziki spread on top, you really don’t need a bun for this flavorful meal. Roast one of your favorite veggies (Carrots, asparagus, sweet potatoes, etc) as an accompaniment for this Greek-inspired favorite.

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Feta Tzatziki Spread

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (If you use non-fat Greek Yogurt your spread might be a little more liquidy) 
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • ½ English cucumber, coarsely grated (Cucumber is best if allowed to drain after grating and before adding to Tzatziki Spread)
  • (you can use a regular cucumber of you can’t find an English one. Slice it in half and scoop out the cucumber seeds in the middle)
  • Kosher salt to taste

 Onion Mixture

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ red onion diced
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Lamb Patties

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  • 1½ pounds ground lamb
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Zest of ½ lemon

Garnish/Buns

  • 4 whole wheat pitas or 4 seeded hamburger buns (Optional)
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced, for garnish
  • 2 cups baby spinach, for garnish
  • ½ red onion  thinly sliced, for garnish

 Directions

  1. Make the Feta Tzatziki Spread first, about an hour before you start to cook the burgers.
  2. Combine the yogurt, feta, vinegar, garlic, mint, dill and cucumbers in a bowl. Season with salt. Let sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature before serving.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil, toss in the diced onions and season with salt and crushed red pepper. Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 4 more minutes. Turn the heat off and let cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, the cooled onion mixture, the oregano, dill, mint, and lemon zest. Sprinkle with salt and combine well.
  6. Form the lamb mixture into 4 equal patties.
  7. Using the same sauté pan used for the onion mixture, turn heat to medium high.
  8. Cook the burgers to your desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  9. Remove the burgers from the heat and let rest for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  10. On a plate, put a bed of spinach leaves, a slice of tomato on the spinach and then one slice of thin red onion on the tomato.
  11. Place cooked burger on top of the onion
  12. Top the burger with the Feta Tzatziki Spread.
  13. Serve with your roasted veggie and enjoy.

Lamb Burger 2

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