These grilled lamb burgers are served with slices of ripe tomatoes and red onion in pita bread with a fresh tasting cucumber sauce seasoned with fresh mint and garlic.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set 4 whole garlic cloves in a small skillet over medium-high heat; toast until spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Peel, mince and set aside.

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  • Break up lamb in a medium bowl. Sprinkle roasted garlic, feta, oregano, salt and pepper over meat; stir with a fork to combine. Divide into 4 portions. Toss meat back and forth between cupped hands to form a ball. Pat with fingertips to flatten to about 4 inches wide. Refrigerate.

  • Mix cucumber, sour cream, mint, vinegar, 1 minced clove of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Refrigerate sauce until ready to serve.

  • Build a hot fire on one side of grill. Replace rack. When coals are covered with white ash, add burgers. Cover and cook, turning only once, until done, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium to medium-well burgers.

  • Grill pitas until spotty brown and warm, a minute or so per side. Split crosswise. Spread a couple of tablespoons of sauce over 4 pita halves. Top each with an onion slice, a tomato slice and a burger. Spread a portion of the remaining sauce over each burger. Top with remaining pita halves.

For gas grill

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill with all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean rack, then use tongs to wipe a rag soaked in vegetable oil over it. Close lid and let reheat. Add burgers; cook, covered, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-well.

Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

650 calories; protein 31.2g; carbohydrates 25.2g; fat 46.8g; cholesterol 139.2mg; sodium 760.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2009
This is by far one of the best recipes on this site. I'm obsessed with it. My changes: I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream, I use a whole pita and just fold it over on itself instead of using 2 halves (brush it with olive oil and sprinkle garlic salt), I break up the burger into chunks, and I top the gyro with lots of feta! YUM. Just make sure you plan ahead since some stores won't have the ground lamb. Serve it with couscous and the Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe on this site. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2007
It was good. No grill so I pan fried them. I'm sure they would have been better on the grill and will attempt that in the spring. Read More
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94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 68
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2009
This is by far one of the best recipes on this site. I'm obsessed with it. My changes: I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream, I use a whole pita and just fold it over on itself instead of using 2 halves (brush it with olive oil and sprinkle garlic salt), I break up the burger into chunks, and I top the gyro with lots of feta! YUM. Just make sure you plan ahead since some stores won't have the ground lamb. Serve it with couscous and the Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe on this site. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2009
Awesome! Both the lamb patties & the sauce are excellent! I did swap out fresh dill for the mint in the cucumber sauce. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2008
These were delicious but extremely messy to eat. The cucumber sauce made this recipe it was so tasty. I will be making these a lot over the summer as they are very quick and easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
Wonderful--Tastes like authentic greek food. It's kind of hard to eat a burger in the pita so I usually cook it as loose meat and stuff the pitas with it. Tastes like gyros! Cucumber sauce is great too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2009
So yummy! Added chopped kalmata olives also. Wonderful recipe! The tziki sauce was great too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
These were a nice change from the regular burgers we always have at BBQs. Great flavors none were over powering. The cucumber sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the great flavors of the lamb burger's delicious garlic taste. We will make these over and over again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2007
I have been making this recipe for about a year. My whole family loves it. Great change of pace for summer BBQ instead of boring beef burgers. If you're in a hurry you can skip the step of roasting the garlic cloves and substitute minced garlic from a jar. It seems just as tasty. Also we substitute plain/nonfat yogurt for the sour cream. Put it in a colander over a bowl for at least a half hour to drain out the liquid before use. We've found the flavor of these are even better if done on our Weber charcoal grill instead of the gas grill. Try this recipe you will love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2008
I've made this recipe twice now and loved it. The sauce is the best part- very authentic. I am a mother of three little ones and need something easy and fast to make. The kids actually liked the lamb and wanted more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
Great recipe. I made lamb lollipops with meat mixture and passed them at a party using the cucumber sauce as a dip for the meat lollipops. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2007
It was good. No grill so I pan fried them. I'm sure they would have been better on the grill and will attempt that in the spring. Read More
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