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!

Greek Hamburger Recipe

Yield: 6

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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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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23 comments on “Greek Burgers

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  2. Joanposted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  3. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted August 5, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  4. Christine at Cook the Storyposted August 4, 2014 at 7:16 am Reply

    The flavors running through these burgers sound so good!

  5. Jeff @ Cheese-burger.netposted August 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  6. Marla Meridithposted August 2, 2014 at 5:14 am Reply

    Love the Greek twist! Must try :)

  7. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted August 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply

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

  8. Kateposted August 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm Reply

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

  9. Meredithposted August 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Deliciously amazing!

    Rating: 5
  10. Gabyposted August 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm Reply

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

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm Reply

    I love Greek flavors, perfect burger!

  12. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Perfect flavors for a burger!

  13. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted August 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

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

  14. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratchposted August 1, 2014 at 10:30 am Reply

    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!

  15. Heather Christoposted August 1, 2014 at 9:42 am Reply

    I am so into this! love everything about it!

  16. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted August 1, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply

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

  17. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 1, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

    Such a great burger! Love the Greek flavor!

  18. Mariaposted August 1, 2014 at 7:32 am Reply

    Greek flavors are always a good idea!

  19. Jenny Flakeposted August 1, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

    Some of my favorite flavors!! Great burger!!

  20. dcposted August 1, 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

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

  21. Tieghanposted August 1, 2014 at 6:18 am Reply

    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!

  22. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 1, 2014 at 6:12 am Reply

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

  23. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted August 1, 2014 at 4:32 am Reply

    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!