Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

5 stars based on 1 votes

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If you like Greek food, you’ll love these flavorful lamb patties topped with Tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, red onions and shredded lettuce.  They’re perfect for entertaining, especially if you’re looking for a fun and sophisticated alternative to your standard cookout fare.

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The secret to these burgers is a panade – a bread and milk paste that’s sometimes mixed into ground meat. You can’t taste it but it guarantees tender and juicy burgers every time, especially if you like your meat a little more well-done or if you accidentally overcook them. A little insurance never hurts, especially if you’re entertaining :)

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Combine the bread pieces and milk in a medium bowl and mash with a fork until a paste forms. Then add the shallots, garlic, mint, oregano, salt, pepper and mix well.

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Add the ground lamb, then use your hands to mix until well combined. Be sure not to over-mix.

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Form the mixture into 6 oval-shaped patties about ½-inch thick.

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Grease the grill and grill the lamb patties, covered, for 4 minutes. Turn, cover again, and cook for 3 – 4 minutes more.

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Place the burgers on a tray and cover with foil while you warm pita rounds on the grill. Assemble the burgers and pass the toppings and Tzatziki sauce alongside.

Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

Servings: Makes 6 burgers (enough for 4 people)
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

For Lamb Burgers

  • 1 slice white bread, crust removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots, from 1-2 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground lamb (not lean)
  • 6 pita bread rounds*

For Toppings

  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • Tzatziki sauce

Instructions

  1. Be sure grill is clean and preheat to high.
  2. Combine bread pieces and milk in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until paste forms. Add shallots, garlic, mint, oregano, salt, pepper and mix well. Add lamb, then use your hand to mix ingredients together until well combined. Do not over mix. Form mixture into 6 oval-shaped patties about ½-inch thick.
  3. Grease grill (dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and holding wad with tongs, carefully wipe cooking grate several times). Grill patties, covered, for 4 minutes. Turn, cover again, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes more. Place burgers on a tray and cover with foil while you warm pita rounds on the grill. Assemble burgers and pass toppings and Tzatziki sauce alongside.
  4. *There are two types of pita bread: pita pockets and pocketless pitas. You can use either for this recipe. For pita pockets, be sure they are at least 6 inches wide. Trim off the top ¼ of each round and stuff the burgers and toppings inside. For pocketless pitas, serve burgers open-faced or, if pitas are large enough, wrap them around burgers.
  5. **If you're entertaining, the lamb patties can be made a day ahead of time. Place them on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil and cover tightly with saran wrap. The tzatziki sauce can be made two days ahead of time.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    These lamb burgers are fabulous! Like them better than beef burgers.

    - Jane Palmer on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • I love to cook with ground lamb ~ infiniftely more flavorful than ground beef! I can’t wait to try this recipe but I do have my own favorite:

    I never actually measure anything when I’m cooking (baking is the exception!) but the just is pretty much along the lines of your recipe here except that add chopped Kalamata olive and crumbled Feta to the meat mixture itself ~ then I cut back on the fresh mint (and salt!) and add a good dose of dried (ground) fennel (one of these days I’ll have to try chopping up some fresh fennel/anise and either adding it raw or after sauteing it a little.)

    Thanks for all of your delicious recipes ~ and all of them ARE delicious… Best wishes with your new adventure at Serious Eating!

    - Jesselyn Andersyn on May 22, 2014 Reply
  • My family absolutely loves these lamb burgers. I double the recipe and freeze the leftovers. Yum!

    - DLA on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • These burgers are soooo good. We have made them several times and people are so surprised they are made from lamb. They are yummy with the tzatsiki sauce.

    - Jane Palmer on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • These were fabulous. It was my first attempt at making lamb burgers and they came out great. I followed the exact recipe; I was surprised by the amount of chopped mint it called for but it turned out to be the right amount. Recipe with photos was very easy to follow. It didn’t need the tzatziki, or ketchup and mustard for that matter.

    - Dave on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • These are delicious. Another of our family favorites.

    - Teresa Cochran on October 2, 2012 Reply
  • For those who don’t have white bread in the house, my husband made these with whole wheat bread and they still turned out great. We also used a herbed feta cheese. Yummy! Husband raved about them the whole time he was eating.

    - Dani on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • These lamb burgers were fab! It’s a lot like a Gyro… Yummy!!!

    - EJB on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • My husband loved these greek burgers. He’s always asking me when are we going to have them again.

    - Gayle Snyder on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These burgers are a staple in my house. So delicious!

    - Amanda on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I made these last year for a get together. They were really good. Alot like an armenian lulu burger but better. YuM !!! Served it with homemade rice pilaf and a huge greek salad.

    - Rebekah on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • this looks so amazing…i cannot wait to make this!

    - Rosalinda on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These are delicious!

    - Sarah on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Great recipe – we make these pretty regularly in our house. Delicious with tzatziki and a nice Greek salad.

    - Emma on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Made this recipe but switched up the burger shaped patty for tiny meatballs! My husband loved these and he is not a lamb lover! Thanks for the awesome idea.

    - Kathy Kearney on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Best Greek burgers ANYWHERE.

    - Lori O. on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I made these last night they were great! My husband who does not love lamb like I do loved them as well and so did the kids. The tzatziki was great too. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

    - Beautiful1000000 on May 16, 2011 Reply
  • Last night was my husband’s birthday so I wanted to make something nice but not too complicated after a long work day for both of us. I had the lamb in the fridge, so I went searching and found your site!! :-) I made the burgers and the sauce, and they were both amazing!!!! One of the rare times I actually went shopping to find everything I needed to follow the recipes exactly and not just wing it as usual.

    Well – funny story. The local Kroger doesn’t sell Fage, and I didn’t have time to run to the market. So I bought a different brand of Greek yogurt and raced home to get dinner going. We loved everything!! My husband asked, what is that sweetness in the sauce? I said nothing but mint, there isn’t much to it really, it’s very simple. Well, as we were cleaning up from dinner, I noticed I had bought honey yogurt, and not plain!! LOL Well – just so you know, it really wasn’t that bad! It actually did have a nice sweet balance to all the garlic and onions, but not so much it tasted like breakfast.

    Oh well – goes to show you, racing through the grocery store at the end of a long day is not always the best idea. Slow down and enjoy the dairy aisle!!!

    Thanks for a great site, you are bookmarked now! :-)

    - lizaanne on August 26, 2010 Reply
  • I made these last weekend and they were delicious! Exactly the recipe I was searching for. Thanks so much!

    - Stacy on August 25, 2010 Reply
  • We made this for dinner last night and oh. my. god. it was heavenly! We did cheat a bit and picked up Tzatziki sauce from trader joes, but we have a 4 month old so I figure that grants us some liberties.

    - Laine on July 9, 2010 Reply
  • Really delicious recipe. My husband and I enjoyed these a lot. Thanks so much!

    - Lynne on May 13, 2010 Reply
  • This looks so good. The tzatziki looks so easy to make, I had no idea. I haven’t had lamb in so long…time for a trip to our Whole Foods…and fast!

    - Jessy on May 2, 2010 Reply
  • These were fantastic. I made these and served them with your tzatziki (also wonderful), and my homemade pita bread. *swoon* Thanks so much!

    - Martha Crannell on May 1, 2010 Reply
  • Delicious! Yet another new staple from this great site (the other is the chicken meatballs).

    - Lisa Peterson on April 27, 2010 Reply
  • It’s really quite finger-friendly to eat the pita pocket as a burger :)

    - tigerfish on April 22, 2010 Reply

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