Pistachio Lamb Burger with Tzatziki

June 25, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: The taste of lamb and tzatziki brings me back to my college days when I studied in Athens for a bit. These burgers are super flavorful and always a hit, even with burger traditionalists!Laurie

Food52 Review: What a terrific change of pace! This simple, yet elegant variation on a classic burger is a delightfully easy way to pep up the grilling rotation. The pistachios are perfection with the rich, unctuous flavor of the lamb. And the refreshing tangy yogurt combined with the cucumber provides a perfect counterpart. We will be making these burgers many more times this summer.lmikkel

Makes: 4


Pistachio Lamb Burgers

  • 3/4 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 small seedless cucumber, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
In This Recipe


Pistachio Lamb Burgers

  1. Finely grind pistachios in food processor. In a bowl, combine ground pistachios with lamb and spices, mixing with your hands just until combined. Divide mixture into four portions and gently pat into a burger shape. Cook on a hot grill about 4 minutes per side. Serve on grilled buns with tzatziki sauce.


  1. Combine all ingredients and chill for an hour before serving.

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