If you like Greek food, you’ll love these flavorful lamb burgers topped with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes and red onions.
Servings: Makes 6 burgers (enough for 4 people)
Total Time:20 Minutes
For Lamb Burgers
1 slicewhite bread, crust removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cupfinely chopped shallots, from 1-2 shallots
2 clovesgarlic, minced
3 tablespoonsfinely chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoondried oregano
1/2 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 poundsground lamb (not lean)
6 pita bread rounds*
1small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2tomatoes, thinly sliced
1red onion, thinly sliced
6 ouncescrumbled feta cheese
Be sure grill is clean and preheat to high.
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.
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.
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.
Note: 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.
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The uncooked burgers can be 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.