Lamb Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce – Something New for Your Labor Day Cookout

So this was the post I was going to share with you last Friday…if I had not had some technical difficulties. Stupid weather!

Lately I have been trying out new ingredients. Gotta keep things interesting to make sure these taste buds stay in shape! Needless to say I was quite excited to find  ground lamb in the butcher cooler, because I have been dying to try a lamb burger recipe for  years! Lamb is not easy to find in this area and typically it’s a rack or chops, if any lamb at all.

So what does lamb taste like? I’m still trying to figure that out myself. Biting into these juicy, meaty burgers, I probably would have thought it was a beef patty (along the lines of a decadent 70/30) if I hadn’t formed them myself. The meat is rich, but not in an overpowering way. Even with just a little seasoning, your mouth is filled with flavor with every bite. So, again, what does it taste like? I’m going to saaaaay…. Very tasty! If you can find ground lamb, I definitely recommend giving it a go on the grill this upcoming Labor Day weekend!

Lamb Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Serves 4-6
Ingredients

Burgers
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • ¼ cup non-fat milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper
Dressing
  • 6 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup cucumber, finely diced
  • ¼ cup tomato, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Suggested Toppings
  • Baby greens, arugala, or chopped romaine lettuce
  • Red onion slices
  • Tomato slices
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
Directions
  1. Cut ¼ out of each pita round. Chop up roughly and place in a bowl. Set the 4 ¾ rounds aside. These will be your “buns”.
  2. Pour the milk into the bowl cover the chopped pit. Allow to soak for about 5 minutes, then drain and squeeze out any excess milk.
  3. Place the soaked pita in a blender or food processor. Add the garlic, onion, olives, mint, parsley, and lemon juice. Puree the mixture and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the ground lamb and season with salt and pepper. With a spatula or your hands, crumble the mixture.
  5. Add the pureed pita mixture to the lamb and combine again with either a spatula or your hands.
  6. Divide the mixture into 4 and form each section into a patty. Use your thumb to create a little well in the center, this will help maintain the patty shape during cooking.
  7. Oil and heat a heavy grill pan (or use your outdoor grill!) over medium high heat.
  8. Grill burgers for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  9. In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, dill, garlic, and Dijon mustard. Mix well to combine.
  10. Add diced cucumbers and tomatoes to the Greek yogurt mixture and stir to coat the vegetables.
  11. To serve, open each pita and stuff with your chosen greens and some of the dressing.
  12. Add burger to the pita, and add your chosen toppings.

~Ruth

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One response to “Lamb Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce – Something New for Your Labor Day Cookout

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