lamburgers

Not a typo.  These are burgers, made of lamb.  The pun makes me laugh every time. There’s a Mediterranean vibe going on with the ingredients that makes these burgers satisfy your taste buds in a whole new way.  Definitely delicious.  Not sure they’re more nutritious, but if that’s what it takes to convince you to make ’em, then say it!  BTW – these are GREAT with my pickled red onions.

makes 8 burgers

Ingredients

2 lbs ground lamb
10 ounces crumbled feta cheese (buy the block and crumble it yourself – key to texture and flavor)
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 minced cloves of garlic
5 tbs chopped fresh oregano
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
8 buns (or English muffins or pita pockets)
1 cup tzatziki sauce
thinly sliced red onion
thinly sliced cucumber

  1. Mix feta, onion, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl, preserving some good sized chunks of feta.
  2. Add ground lamb and mix with your hands gently until ingredients are just dispersed.  Overmixing will toughen the meat.
  3. Shape mixture into 8 patties, making a thumb sized depression in the center of each.  Refrigerate while heating the grill.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat.  Brush grill grate with vegetable oil.  Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove patties from grill, cover with foil and add bread (bun/ English muffin/ pita) to grill for 1 minute to warm.
  6. Assemble the burgers.  Place one patty on the bottom half of a bun, top with 2 tbs of the tzatziki sauce, thinly slide cucumbers, and red onions and tomatoes.
  7. Dig in!  Make sure you lick of any tzatiki that drips onto your hands – you can’t waste that on a napkin!

Thoughts?