May 23, 2018

Mediterranean Lamb Burger

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
The Mediterranean flavors in this burger make a great alternative to a traditional burger for summer parties.

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The Mediterranean flavors in this lamb burger make a great alternative to a traditional beef burger for summer parties. I am a big fan of lamb, as it’s versatile and matches perfectly when the flavors of parsley, oregano, mint and dill are added to the burgers to build a more complex flavor profile. I love to serve it with pita because you can serve the lamb right in the pocket and add the fillings around it.

Mediterranean Lamb Burger

All About American Lamb

I opt to buy domestic American lamb, as it’s closest to the source making it the freshest option. American lamb cuts are often larger and meatier than it’s imported cousin so be sure to look for American lamb on the label.

Ground lamb has a mild flavor and can be found at most grocery stores at the meat counter. American lamb tastes less gamey than a lot of other cuts of lamb so even people who are skeptical about lamb will most likely fall in love with these burgers. When buying ground lamb look for a pink to red color of the meat and I would recommend using it within two days of purchasing it.

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How to Make Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

For the lamb burger:

  1. Make the lamb patties. Add the American lamb, parsley, oregano, mint, salt, dill and pepper to a large mixing bowl, using your hands to gently mix. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties.
  2. Grill the lamb burgers. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place patties on the grate and grill for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare burgers. Remove to a wood cutting board to rest.

For serving:

  1. Spoon tzatziki into pita. Open each half of a pita and spread a spoonful of the tzatziki on the inside of the pocket then add a patty.
  2. Mix the feta and tomatoes. In a small bowl stir together the feta and sun-dried tomatoes and divide the mixture among the pitas.
  3. Assemble and serve. Then top with red onion and spinach. Serve immediately.

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Mediterranean Lamb Burger

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the lamb burger:

  • pounds ground American lamb
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chopped mint
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For serving:

  • 2 pitas halved
  • ½ cup tzatziki get the recipe here
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
  • ¼ small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach

Instructions:

For the lamb burger:

  • Add the American lamb, parsley, oregano, mint, salt, dill and pepper to a large mixing bowl, using your hands to gently mix. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties.
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place patties on the grate and grill for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare burgers. Remove to a wood cutting board to rest.

For serving:

  • Open each half of a pita and spread a spoonful of the tzatziki on the inside of the pocket then add a patty. In a small bowl stir together the feta and sun-dried tomatoes and divide the mixture among the pitas then top with red onion and spinach. Serve immediately.

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