The Perseus Burger

By • March 25, 2010 • 3 Comments

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Author Notes: Perseus was a mythic hero of Greek mythology famed for defeating various monsters. Up until last night, lamb was my monster. I was afraid to cook it and even more afraid to eat it because of its strong flavor I wasn't used to. This Greek-inspired lamb burger is sort of an intro course into cooking and eating lamb... it's simple, and has a lot of amazing flavors that meld together to ease even the wariest of lamb-eaters through their first or second lamb experience. Mixed with ground beef, spices, stuffed with feta, and topped with tzatziki, with the Perseus Burger in your line-up you can take down any beast, be it lamb or lion. Loves Food Loves to Eat

Serves 4-6


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1.5 teaspoons Hyssop*
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (not sweet)
  • salt/pepper
  • 4-6 tablespoons crumbled feta
  • olive oil
  • 4-6 buns (I used ciabatta type rolls)
  • Tzatziki sauce (recipe below)
  • sliced tomato, red onion, fresh spinach, and sliced black olives for garnish
  1. Mix together lamb, beef, onion, garlic, parsley, hyssop, oregano, paprika, and s&p until well combined. (*Israeli Hyssop is an herb that is mixed into a powdery blend w/olive oil, sesame seeds, and often other spices. This is what I use:
  2. separate meat mixture into 4-6 balls, depending on how big you and your guests want the burgers (I made one biggun, 2 medium, and 2 small.) To stuff with feta: flatten into a pretty flat oblong shape, and add about a tablespoon of feta to half. Fold the other half over, squish to seal the edges, and flatten to desired patty flatness. I like mine more patty shaped, less ball shaped. Put patties on plate, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch more hyssop, paprika, s&p.
  3. Light BBQ and brush grill with olive oil. Grill burgers, turning once, for about 10 minutes total- until desired doneness. Grill buns.
  4. On bottom half of bun, make a bed of spinach and olives for burger, add burger, and top with red onion, tomato, and tzatziki! Savor your first delicious bite, because you just showed that lamb who's boss!


  • 1/2 seedless cucumber- peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic- minced
  • 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (not sweet)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped mint
  • juice from half a lemon
  1. Grate cucumber and squeeze out then discard excess liquid. Whisk to combine all ingredients. Serve with delicious lamburgers and Greek fries!
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over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks ladies! I was just thinking about it, and I bet adding the zest (from the juiced lemon used in the tzatziki) to the burger mixture would be delish! Will definitely try that next time (I think there will be a lot of next times, bc the BF says he can't go back to a 'regular' burger now).


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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oh my mythological god! That is very nice!


over 4 years ago aargersi

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THAT is showing that ol' lamb who's in charge! Looks delicious, I will add this to our next "burgerfest" and I like your tzatziki better than mine so I am changing that too.