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
lean ground beef
minced garlic clove
finely diced onion
finely chopped parsley
Za'atar spice blend
paprika (not sweet)
buns (I used ciabatta type rolls)
Tzatziki sauce (recipe below)
sliced tomato, red onion, fresh spinach, and sliced black olives for garnish
Mix together lamb, beef, onion, garlic, parsley, za'atar, oregano, paprika, and s&p until well combined.
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.
Light BBQ and brush grill with olive oil. Grill burgers, turning once, for about 10 minutes total- until desired doneness. Grill buns.
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!
Grate cucumber and squeeze out then discard excess liquid. Whisk to combine all ingredients. Serve with delicious lamburgers and Greek fries!