Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

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If you like Greek food, you’ll love these flavorful lamb burgers topped with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes and red onions.

These Greek-style lamb burgers topped with tzatziki, feta, and all the fixins’ are a fun way to change up the standard cookout fare. The secret to making the burgers extra flavorful and juicy is mixing a panade, or bread and milk paste, into the ground meat along with lots of seasoning. You can’t taste the panade, but it guarantees tender and juicy burgers every time, especially if you like your burgers a little more well done or you accidentally overcook them (a little insurance never hurts!). If you can’t find ground lamb, feel free to substitute 80/20 ground beef.

What You’ll Need To Make Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

lamb burger ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Combine the bread pieces and milk in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until a paste forms. panade

Add the shallots, garlic, mint, oregano, salt, and pepper.
adding seasonings to the panade

Mix well.

panade and seasoning mixture

Add the lamb.

adding meat

Use your hands to mix until well combined.

lamb burger mixture

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

lamb burger patties

Oil the grilling grates. Grill the patties, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for a few minutes more until desired doneness is reached.

lamb burgers on the grill

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

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Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

If you like Greek food, you’ll love these flavorful lamb burgers topped with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes and red onions.

Servings: Makes 6 burgers
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

For the 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 to 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; 80/20 beef may be substituted)
  • 6 pita bread rounds* (hamburger buns may be substituted)

For The 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. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. Combine the bread pieces and milk in a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until a paste forms. Add the shallots, garlic, mint, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix well. Add the lamb, then use your hands to mix until well combined. Form the meat mixture into 6 oval-shaped patties about ½-inch thick.
  3. Oil the grilling grates. Grill the patties, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for a few minutes more until desired doneness is reached. Place burgers on a tray and cover with foil while you warm pita rounds on the grill. Assemble the burgers and pass toppings and tzatziki sauce alongside.
  4. Note: 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. Make-Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The uncooked burgers can be made and refrigerated up to one day ahead of time or frozen for up to three months. (Freeze the burgers on a baking sheet or plate so their shape sets, then transfer them to a sealable plastic bag for easy storage.) Defrost the burgers overnight in the refrigerator prior to serving and then cook as directed.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 514
  • Fat: 29 g
  • Saturated fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Sodium: 456 mg
  • Cholesterol: 83 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I am definitely not a fan of mint. When I do use it I use it very SPARINGLY, so 2 TBSP of chopped mint seems like an awful lot. How minty do these burgers taste on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being you can hardly tell it is in there and 5 being tastes like toothpaste?

    • — Karen A Bashak on June 10, 2021
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    • Hi Karen, I’d give it a 2 (they really don’t taste minty) but feel free to cut back or omit the mint if you’d like. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 10, 2021
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  • Amazing everyone is asking for the recipe

    • — Dave on May 25, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Can I use ground beef instead of lamb? My husband doesn’t like lamb. If I use bread crumbs, how much should I use? Thank you for sharing this recipe…
    Could you please send me the link to your new book? I would like to pre-order it. I couldn’t wait and look forward to having it. I have the first one.
    Thank you so much
    Rose G.

    • — Rose on May 19, 2021
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    • Hi Rose, Yes, you can use beef here and if you want to use bread crumbs, I’d recommend 1/4 – 1/3 cup. And thanks so much for inquiring about the cookbook! See where to purchase it here. Hope you enjoy the burgers if you make them!

      • — Jenn on May 19, 2021
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  • Ingredients:
    1-1/2 pounds ground lamb means 1.5 pounds?

    • — Wai on March 11, 2021
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    • Correct – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 11, 2021
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  • Jenn,

    This is one of our favorite recipes. We love, love, love these lamb burgers.
    I often serve it over mixed greens and, of course, with your tzatziki sauce. My husband brags about my cooking frequently, but it is really your recipes.

    Thanks so much!

    • — Kate on January 28, 2021
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  • Hi
    Could I use a grill pan instead of a barbecue?

    • — Andrea on October 14, 2020
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    • Sure – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2020
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  • I made these burgers several times in the past few months – they are so good! My daughter, who doesn’t really like regular burgers, LOVES these. I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect every time. Thanks Jenn!!

    • — Liz on September 14, 2020
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  • I made a similar recipe. Very tasty and worth repeating. definitely use a good meat thermometer to make sure you cook them to 180F, but not overdone. I made it smash burger style so it cooks faster, more browning.

    • — chris on August 27, 2020
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    • 180F, wouldn’t that basically create
      charcol?

      • — David Madland on June 11, 2021
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  • Could I use dill instead of mint? I am using dill in the tzakziki.

    • — Teresa Padilla on June 7, 2020
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    • Sure – enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 8, 2020
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  • Can you substitute bread crumbs instead of white bread? If so how much bread crumbs?

    • — Sara Pecchia on June 7, 2020
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    • Sure, Sarah – I’d guesstimate you’d need about 1/4 – 1/3 cup. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 8, 2020
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  • So, so good! The most moist lamb burger ever!

    • — Chris the Cook on May 7, 2020
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  • Hi, your recipes are so great. When you say slice of bread in this recipe is it toast or I use any type of bread? Thank you

    • — Kathy on January 31, 2020
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    • Glad you like the recipes! For this, you’ll need just regular bread (not toasted). Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2020
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      • Thank you for your quick response

        • — Kathy on January 31, 2020
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  • I didn’t fire up the grill, but these were very delicious cooked on stovetop too! The flavors were so vibrant and well balanced, and the panade made for a very tender and delicious burger! Thank you.

    • — Valerie on September 14, 2019
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  • Hi, Your recipe are so good! I love your book. When you say 1 slice of white bread is that toast or French bread? Thank you

    • — Kathy on July 26, 2019
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    • Kathy, any bread will really work here, (but don’t toast it first). Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on July 26, 2019
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  • Made these tonight. So, so yummy!!! I followed the recipe ingredients exactly, but since I’m lazy and want to minimize prep time, I put the cubed bread, coarsly chopped garlic and onions, and home grown mint (and also home grown Italian parsley), into a Bullet chopper and gave it a swirl a few times. The water from the onions made a moist paste and then I added the two tablespoons of milk to the mixture. Followed the rest of the directions adding the oregano, etc. I cooked it in a cast iron frying pan (soaking up the excess fat with paper towels).
    Absolute heaven in the mouth!!! Even my picky eater husband loved it! Thank you Jenn Segal…I am a fan!!!

    • — Renee Guzzardo on July 17, 2019
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  • Any reason I couldn’t make meatballs from this same recipe?

    • Nope – that will work, Shirley. 🙂

  • Oh my, these were delicious! Juicy from the panade and tasty from the mint. I used dried mint from last summer’s garden instead of fresh, and scallions instead of shallots. The panade must have been the secret. Burgers were well done, but soft and juicy, yet they held together well. yum yum yum.

  • I love these Greek lamb burgers! They are delicious and always a hit at my house.
    I have made them over and over and honestly have not changed anything when following the recipe (except for substituting for lack of ingredients). Once in awhile I will combine ground beef (95% lean) with the lamb if I don’t have enough ground lamb on hand, and they are almost as good as the original ones. I also substitute green onions for the shallots because shallots are hard to find in my area. So delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Another fabulous recipe! Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of the world.

  • Hi Jenn, My husband does care for mint, can I substitute Italian parsley? Also, would a white dinner roll sub for the slice of bread? Love your recipes. Eagerly awaiting for the arrival of your cookbook.

    • Yes and yes – hope you enjoy! (And thanks so much for your support with the cookbook!)

  • I used panko instead of the bread & milk. I also mixed the feta cheese into the meat mixture. Delicious!

  • I made this the other night for some friends, I didn’t have lamb but ground turkey!

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