Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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Emily Published: March 29, 2021 Modified: August 3, 2021
Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

How To Make Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Seasoned with classic Greek flavors, these grilled lamb burgers are perfect for summer barbecues. They’re best served with lettuce, tomatoes, and feta.

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 10 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Tzatziki:

  • 1english cucumber,thinly sliced
  • ½tspsalt,plus more to taste
  • 2cupsplain Greek yogurt,(full fat is best)
  • cupfresh herbs,(such as equal amounts of mint, parsley, and dill), lightly packed, chopped
  • 1tbspwhite wine vinegar
  • 3clovesgarlic,chopped

For Lamb Burgers:

  • 1tbsponion granules,dried
  • 1tbspgarlic granules,or garlic powder dried
  • ¼tsplemon peel,dried, optional
  • tsporegano,dried
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¼tsppepper
  • lbground lamb,(or a combination of beef and lamb)
  • 4burger buns

To serve:

  • tomatoes,sliced
  • lettuce
  • feta,crumbled
  • red onion
  • tzatziki sauce

Instructions

  1. Salt the cucumber slices with about half a teaspoon salt and place in a sieve over a bowl to drain. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours, occasionally turning cucumbers.

  2. In a large bowl, mix cucumbers, yogurt, herbs, vinegar, and garlic. Stir to combine. Taste and season with salt if needed.

  3. Whisk together all spices for the burgers in a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Sprinkle the ground lamb with 2 teaspoons of the spice mix and gently work it into the meat with your finger tips or a spatula; try not to over-mix the meat or compact it too much.

  5. Turn the seasoned meat out on a work surface and form into four (6 ounce) patties. Press a shallow dimple in the center of each patty to help the patties cook evenly and prevent them from forming domes in the middle.

  6. Sprinkle additional seasoning onto both sides of the patties. Rest on counter for 20 to 30 minutes to allow burgers to come to room temperature.

  7. Fot a gas grill, preheat at high temperature for at least 10 minutes with the lid closed. For charcoal grills, fill a grill chimney with charcoal and light it. When the coals are hot (they should be covered with a layer of fine gray ash) empty the coals into the grill. Set the grate in place and cover the grill. Heat for 5 minutes.

  8. When grill is ready, lightly brush the grates with oil. Add the burgers and close the grill. Cook the burgers to desired doneness, flipping halfway through cooking. (Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare.)

  9. Rest lamb burgers for 3 minutes while toasting the buns. Then serve immediately with tzatziki sauce and other toppings.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 743.59kcal
  • Fat: 49.19g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.50g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.73g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.86g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.70g
  • Fiber: 1.63g
  • Sugar: 8.89g
  • Protein: 43.79g
  • Cholesterol: 143.32mg
  • Sodium: 818.86mg
  • Calcium: 225.28mg
  • Potassium: 593.63mg
  • Iron: 4.71mg
  • Vitamin A: 24.89µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.01mg
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