Greek Burgers

Today I’ve got a juicy Greek-style hamburger recipe to share that we make year after year. These greek burgers are a great way to offer something a little different on burger night.

Greek Hamburger Recipe on #burgers #summer #greek

This hamburger recipe is a long time coming.

I’m not sure exactly why… We’ve been making these greek burgers for years. This recipe is actually one of the first recipes I taught in my cooking class that spurred on ASP. Nevertheless, here they are, and I apologize for waiting so long.

There’s nothing quite like a good hamburger recipe on a summer evening. We make burgers 3-4 times a month from May through September. Sometimes they are classic burgers with lettuce and tomato, but we also like to throw in some variation, like Szechuan Beef Burgers, Frito Chili Cheeseburgers, Hawaiian Tuna Burgers, or today’s Greek Burgers.

Made with ground lamb, yogurt, lemon zest, and spices, the patties are tender and zesty. Right before grilling, I mix in feta cheese for a salty burst of flavor in each bite. I shape the patties into ovals instead of circles so they better fit into pita bread.

Making Greek Hamburger Recipe on #burgers #summer #greek

Then I mixed up a batch of my favorite thick and creamy tzatziki sauce to top the burgers.

Once the greek burgers come off the grill, I place them in the pita bread then stuff in cool crisp cucumbers, sweet tomato slices, and fresh mint leaves.

Greek Hamburger Recipe with Yogurt Sauce on #burgers #summer #greek

Making the burgers with lamb instead of beef, along with the cool greek yogurt sauce oozing out, makes me think of eating gyros at an authentic mediterranean kebab shop.

The hot-cold combination and blend of herbs and spices is always welcomed change on burger night. If your family loves a good hamburger recipe, try this out on them. Maybe it will go in your repituare of summer recipes!


Yield: 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Greek Hamburger Recipe


For the Hamburger Recipe:

  • 2 lbs. ground lamb
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tb. dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ¼- ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 7 oz. feta, crumbles into large pieces
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • 6 small pita pockets, or 3 large halved

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cups plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cucumber, peeled
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon + 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped mint


  1. For the Yogurt Sauce: Pour the excess moisture off the top of the yogurt and place it in a bowl. Grate the cucumber, then place the strips in a colander and toss with salt. Set aside for 20 minutes to drain, then squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For the Hamburger Recipe: Preheat grill to medium heat. Use your hands to mix the first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Gently fold in the feta cheese.
  3. Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal portions, then shape it into 1 inch thick ovals. Brush patties with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Grill the patties for 10 minutes, carefully flipping once. Place the patties inside pitas and stuff with cucumbers, tomatoes, and mint leaves. Top with yogurt sauce.

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22 Responses to “Greek Burgers”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 1, 2014 @ 4:32 am

    Isn’t it funny how we can go years eating something awesome, and then get too side tracked trying to make “new things” to share with our readers, that we forget about such things? I do that all the time.
    We are Greek FANATICS….and this lamb burger looks fab! Love the pita “bun!” Pinned!


  2. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 1, 2014 @ 6:12 am

    Better late than never. I love this jazzed up burger!


  3. #
    Tieghan — August 1, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    I love any and all greek food! Plus, I just mad lamb burgers the other day and fell in love, so these look and sound perfect!


  4. #
    dc — August 1, 2014 @ 6:20 am

    Looks yummy! I think I’d mix lamb and beef, because the price of a pound of ground lamb here is ridiculous.


  5. #
    Jenny Flake — August 1, 2014 @ 6:52 am

    Some of my favorite flavors!! Great burger!!


  6. #
    Maria — August 1, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    Greek flavors are always a good idea!


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 1, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    Such a great burger! Love the Greek flavor!


  8. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — August 1, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    I definitely need to switch up my boring burger routine. Look delicious!


  9. #
    Heather Christo — August 1, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    I am so into this! love everything about it!


  10. #
    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — August 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    These look fabulous! I always love the tried and true, long time favorites! My kids love pita pockets so these probably would make their day!


  11. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — August 1, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    We love lamb burgers, but it’s been way too long. Great recipe, Sommer!


  12. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 1, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    Perfect flavors for a burger!


  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 1, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    I love Greek flavors, perfect burger!


  14. #
    Gaby — August 1, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    This is my kind of burger! So glad you shared this!


  15. #
    Kate — August 1, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    This is a great idea! We grill all summer long ….these will be a twist to the usual burger! Thanks.


  16. #
    Meredith — August 1, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    Deliciously amazing!


  17. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog — August 1, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    This looks amazing! I love greek food, so this is a must try for me!


  18. #
    Marla Meridith — August 2, 2014 @ 5:14 am

    Love the Greek twist! Must try :)


  19. #
    Jeff @ — August 3, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    I like the salty flavor. It’s refreshing and unique for me. This would be perfect with the mango smoothie you posted a while back.


  20. #
    Christine at Cook the Story — August 4, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    The flavors running through these burgers sound so good!


  21. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 5, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    Greek burgers have been on my list of things to make. Love that you served them in pita pockets too.


  22. #
    Joan — August 7, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    My family loves these flavors! I think we could eat ti everyday.


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