My mother never really cooked ground meat, but I have given these burgers the flavor of her Greek cooking. I like a lot of pepper on mine, coating each side liberally, but the kids prefer these burgers with just a very little finely ground pepper. Serve with a garlic mayonnaise.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and minced garlic. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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  • Preheat grill for high heat.

  • Mix together lamb, breadcrumbs, fennel, shallot, oregano, and salt. Form into 3/4-inch-thick patties, and sprinkle black pepper over each.

  • Brush grate with olive oil, and place burgers on grill. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, turning once, or until done. Serve on buns with garlic mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; protein 23.9g; carbohydrates 26.2g; fat 30.4g; cholesterol 81.1mg; sodium 558.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is absolutely one of the best recipes I've ever found for lamb. My family just loved this and I will definitely make this again in the future! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/21/2005
These were just ok in our opinions. I think I should have omitted the fennel - personally I found the flavor over-whelming. I had 2 bites then passed my burger over to Husband. He picked at them and looked generally unenthusiastic which is never a good sign. I doubt I will make these again but thanks anyway. Read More
(10)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is absolutely one of the best recipes I've ever found for lamb. My family just loved this and I will definitely make this again in the future! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I cut the lamb by adding an equal amount of ground beef. This way the burgers where not too lamby. I also used fennel seed instead of the fresh fennel. I was worried about my husband because he a bit of a food snob but he loved these!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Wonderful flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2009
Cut this recipe in half to serve my family and it went over pretty well. I only used a quarter of a bulb of fennel (my fennel must have been huge so go with your gut instincts on this). I sauteed the fennel and shallots in some olive oil and garlic and salt/pepper until they were nice and soft. I didn't want to bite into hard bits of fennel plus cooking the fennel mellows out the flavor. I added greek seasoning (mccormick brand) instead of just the oregano - the greek seasoning had oregano in it. Ofcourse I seasoned with salt and pepper to my liking. I always cook a tiny bit before making my patties to taste the seasonings. I served in Pita Bread. For the Aioli mayo - I always add a bit of lemon juice and salt. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2005
Very good. Will make these again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2005
Pretty good. I used half a bulb of fennel and it's just right -- complementary not overwhelming. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/21/2005
These were just ok in our opinions. I think I should have omitted the fennel - personally I found the flavor over-whelming. I had 2 bites then passed my burger over to Husband. He picked at them and looked generally unenthusiastic which is never a good sign. I doubt I will make these again but thanks anyway. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2006
Sometimes I serve this in pita pockets with Tzatziki Sauce and sprinkled with feta cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2008
We really enjoy Greek food - well Greek meats! lol Anyway I made this with a little variations - added some fresh chopped parsley to use some out of the garden only used a bit of fennel seed that I ground. That added enough flavour. I didn't make the garlic/mayo sauce but bought a tzatzkik dip & used that on the bread rolls. Hubby loved it! Not your average hamberger (which I don't really eat) but this will be a mainstay in our recipe file for those lazy cooking nights! Read More
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