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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Greek Hamburger Recipe
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Greek Hamburger Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Juicy Greek-style hamburgers are a great way to offer something a little different on burger night.
Servings: 6 burgers

Ingredients

For the Hamburger Recipe:

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 ounces feta crumbled into large pieces
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • 6 small pita pockets or 3 large halved

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon + 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped mint

Instructions

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger, Calories: 740kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 1560mg, Potassium: 685mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 12.1%, Vitamin C: 10.2%, Calcium: 31.9%, Iron: 21.7%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Greek
Author: Sommer Collier

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23 comments on “Greek Burgers”

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

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

  4. The flavors running through these burgers sound so good!

  5. 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.

  6. Love the Greek twist! Must try :)

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

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

  9. Deliciously amazing!

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

  11. I love Greek flavors, perfect burger!

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

  13. 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!

  14. I am so into this! love everything about it!

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

  16. Such a great burger! Love the Greek flavor!

  17. Greek flavors are always a good idea!

  18. Some of my favorite flavors!! Great burger!!

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

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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!