greek lamb burgers with yogurt & cucumber tzatziki sauce

May 28, 2014
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  • Makes about 6 to 8 burgers
Author Notes

A recipe I found in Food & Wine Magazine (2013) with some small adaptations. We love these burgers over traditional beef varieties as they are so full of flavor and equally delicious the next day. —cucina di mammina

What You'll Need
  • lamb burgers
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lbs. ground fresh organic lamb
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons or so of finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons or so of finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for brushing
  • fresh pita bread or naan bread
  • red and white butter lettuce, washed and dried
  • paper-thin tomato slices (if desired)
  • yogurt & cucumber tzatziki sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large seedless cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
  • 16 ounces or so of plain greek yogurt
  • sea salt to taste
  1. To make the sauce, slice and chop the cucumber into a fine mince.
  2. Place in a sieve and squeeze the liquids out to drain and place in a deep bowl.
  3. Add the minced garlic and the yogurt and blend well. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour or so before serving.
  5. For the burgers, place the ground lamb into a large deep bowl and break it up a bit with your hands, cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature.
  6. In a small skillet, add the minced onion and garlic and a drizzle of olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Saute this mixture until fragrant and softened.
  7. Remove from the heat and set aside until cooled. Once cooled, add this mixture to the ground lamb and mix well.
  8. Season this with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chopped mint and parsley and blend well but be careful not to overwork the meat.
  9. Cover and set aside until ready to grill. Start your grill and try using natural and non-chemical grill products. (Note: I prefer grilling all my foods over natural charcoal and wood versus gas grills, I find a noticeable difference in flavor depth and color of the finished product.)
  10. Once the grill up to heat and starting and the coals are beginning to turn to ash. Form the ground lamb into individual burgers (size and thickness to your personal taste.) and set on a large platter; brush each one lightly with olive oil.
  11. Grill the lamb burgers for about 3 minutes a side or so (depending on size and thickness) for medium rare to medium. Remove immediately and set aside to rest.
  12. Place the pita bread or naan bread on the grill and toast until there are light grill marks and the bread begins to crisp a bit (watch carefully as they will toast very quickly on the hot grill.)
  13. Remove from the heat and serve the lamb burgers folded inside the grilled pita or naan bread with plenty of lettuce and tzatziki sauce on top and extra tzatziki on the side for dipping.

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