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Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Lamb Burgers

Next time it’s Burger Night, do something different. Like these Greek Lamb Burgers. They are juicy, flavorful and easy to make. The secret is combining aromatics with spices like oregano, paprika and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add a generous dose of fresh mint, dill and lemon zest.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Burgers, Lamb
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 250kcal

Equipment

  • A Grill or heavy duty frying pan for the stove top

Ingredients

Feta Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill finely chopped
  • ½ cucumber seeded and grated (or finely chopped)
  • Kosher salt to taste

Lamb Burger Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 shallot or small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 red onion 1 sliced, for garnish
  • 1 beefsteak tomato sliced, for garnish
  • 2 cups baby spinach for garnish
  • Feta Tzatziki Spread see recipe
  • 4 pitas or 4 hamburger buns optional

Instructions

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • Combine the yogurt, feta, vinegar, garlic, mint, dill, salt and cucumbers in a bowl.
  • Refrigerate to let the sauce meld. Let sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature before serving with the Lamb Burger.

Directions for Lamb Burgers

  • Coat a large cast-iron pan with olive oil, toss in the diced onions and season with salt and crushed red pepper.
  • Bring the pan to medium-high heat and cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Turn the heat off and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb, the cooled onion mixture, the oregano, dill, mint, paprika and lemon zest. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and combine well.
  • Preheat the grill or cast iron pan
  • Form the lamb burger mixture into 4 equal patties and sprinkle with salt. (see notes on indenting the burgers with your thumb)
  • Cook the burgers 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  • Remove the lamb burgers from the grill and let rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Cut the pitas in half. Put the Feta Tzatziki Sauce on the top bun
  • Put tomatoes, sliced onions and spinach on bottom. Place the lamb burger on top of these and serve.
    Lamb Burger

Video

Notes

Grill tip for burgers: using your thumb, make a little dent in the middle of the lamb burger patties.
The thumb print indent in the middle helps the patties keep their flat shape and cook more evenly.

Nutrition

Serving: 14 oz | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 287mg | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10.8mg | Iron: 2mg
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