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Author Notes: Greek food and grilling...that's what hooked me on cooking. I grew up with the elder generations cookiing Greek food all the time. This burger came from a "knock on the head/lightbulb" moment when I was in Minnesota visiting a friend a was introduced to a Juicy-Lucy which is a Minnesota staple and has the cheese cooked into the burger patty! It is like greasy, cheesy, gooey greatness!!! I wrote down the base for this burger on the flight home and have worked on it a few times making changes until I came up with this recipe. I've made this on a grill and in my small NYC apartment kitchen so space is not a problem. - Small Kitchen Cook
Makes 4 burgers
- 1 1/4 pounds Ground Lamb
- 1/2 tablespoon Fresh Oregano (diced)
- 1/2 tablespoon Fresh thyme (diced)
- 1/2 cup Feta Cheese (crumbled)
- Onion (sliced)
- 1 bunch Fresh Greens (of your choice)
- 1 Tomato (sliced)
- 4 Slices Kefalotiri Cheese
- 4 Brioche or Onion Rolls
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 cup Greek Yougart
- 1/4 cup Julienned Cucumber (skinned)
- 2 tablespoons Diced Fresh Dill
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- First make the Tzatziki by combining the yougart, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, and salt & pepper in a bowl and mixing. Once mixed, cover and put in fridge until needed. This makes a thick tzatziki where you really see the ingredients. Just the way I like it.
- Take the ground lamb (I buy leg of lab and cube it then run it through the food processor quickly so that it still has some chunks to it) and combine in a bowl with the oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Make four equal-sized patties. Cut these patties into two and put a mound of feta cheese on the bottom patty and place the top patty over and reconnect by pinching around the edges. This will seal in the cheese which will cook into the patty.
- Cook the patties and the sliced onions on the grill (or a grill pan for those stuck inside). Cook onions until they have great grill marks and begin to soften. Cook lamb patties to desired doneness but I would recommend not going past medium or you'll lose some of the lamb flavor. As patties finish remove to a cooler part of the grill and add the kefalotiri cheese to melt. Once melted let the lamb patties rest for a few minutes.
- Quickly add the buns to the grill to toast up a bit. Just a few seconds is all thats needed on a hot grill.
- Once the lamb has rested compose the burgers by adding the lamb to the bun and topping with the grilled onions, fresh greens, tomato and a dollop of the tzatziki. I like a cold beer if I'm having with fries or a cold moscolfiliero if I'm eating with salad.