Tuesday, August 26

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Feta, Tzatziki, & Arugula

Greek-inspired burgers made with ground lamb and a creamy yogurt sauce

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Feta Cheese and Tzatziki Sauce

If he could, my husband would eat a cheeseburger everyday. I love them too, but I get bored with the same beef patty all the time. So in an effort to switch things up a bit, I made this lamb burger that's influenced by a lot of my favorite Greek flavors. If you don't eat much lamb or you're introducing someone to it for the first time, this is a great gateway dish. The patty is meaty and juicy, and its slightly gamey flavor is balanced by the salty feta, tangy tzatziki sauce, and peppery arugula. The burgers are super quick to prepare and it's easy to double the recipe to feed more people. This burger is a weeknight winner that deserves a spot on the dinner table.

Related Recipes:
- Lamb-Beef Kofta with Yogurt Sauce
- Classic American Cheeseburgers
- Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Feta, Tzatziki, & Arugula:
  • Heat a grill to high.
  • Season 1 1/2 lbs. ground lamb with 1 tbsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tbsp. ground black pepper.
  • Mix until combined, then divide into quarters and shape into 4 burger patties.
  • Brush the burgers lightly with canola oil, then grill for 3-4 minutes per side. During the last minute, grill 4 split burger buns until toasted.
  • Remove the burgers and top each with a handful of crumbled feta cheese. Let rest for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine 1 c. Greek yogurt with 1/4 minced preserved lemon,* 1 minced garlic clove, and a handful of chopped fresh dill. Set tzatziki sauce aside.
  • To assemble, spread the bottom burger buns with tzatziki, top with burger patties, thinly sliced red onion, handfuls of arugula, and the top bun.

Serves four
*Can substitute the preserved lemon with 1 tbsp. lemon juice and a large pinch of salt.