Apr 20, 2011

Mini Greek Lamb Burgers

A different way to enjoy burgers, paired with a tasty and surprisingly easy-to-make tzatziki.

Mini Greek Lamb Burgers

Serves 4


½ English cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated (¾ cup [180 ml])
½ cup [125 ml] plain Greek-style yogurt
2 tsp [10 ml] fresh lemon juice
2 tsp [10 ml] chopped fresh mint
1 small garlic clove, minced
Sea salt and pepper

Lamb Burgers
1½ lb [680 g] ground lamb
½ small red onion, minced (¼ cup [60 ml])
¼ cup [60 ml] chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp [10 ml] chopped fresh oregano (or 1tsp [5 ml] dried)
Salt and pepper

4 pita breads (6-inch [15-cm])
2 medium beefsteak tomatoes (or other plum and ripe variety), sliced, for serving


Make tzatziki: in a colander set over a larger bowl, put the grated cucumber and sprinkle with 1 tsp [5 ml] sea salt. Let rest for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry very thoroughly. in a medium bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, mint and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make burgers: In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine lamb, onion, parsley, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into 16 small patties, about ¾-inch [2-cm] thick. Grill patties on a grill pan or on the BBQ over high heat until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

To serve, warm pitas in the oven or on the grill; halve, and fill with burgers, tzatziki, and tomato.

Recipe Credit: Everyday Food Magazine

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  • These look gorgeous, I’m dying to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on Top 9 you most certainly deserve it =]

  • Love tzatziki! This is a great meal with loads of flavours and textures. Perfect for the BBQ!

  • I’m always on the prowl for more pita pocket/lamb recipes. This one looks like one my kids will actually sink their teeth into AND swallow. I don’t know how I managed to rear picky eaters but its something I refuse to give into.

  • These Mini Greek Lamb Burgers look so good! I love the idea of 16 mini burgers instead of 4 larger ones. Congrats on making the Top 9 – you definitely deserve it with this one!

  • WOW! I had something similar to this at a restaurant in DC and I have been looking for a delicious recipe to match. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Looks great! Your tzatziki looks beautiful! I made a similar one, but went with out a bun/wrapper for carb purposes http://starvingkitten.com/2010/05/30/greek-feast/

  • I think this will be my new favorite dish for the summer. Tried it yesterday and looooooved it!! Thanks a lot for this post! =)

  • What a great looking burger! Now only if it would stop raining just for a day so I can bust out the grill for these!

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