Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki mimics the big, bold Greek flavors of an authentic gyro sandwich but in burger form! OPA!
I originally shared this recipe in 2015. I've recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Greek Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The ingredients list:
For the tzatziki sauce:
- Greek yogurt
- red onion (finely chopped)
- cucumber (grated or finely chopped)
- dried oregano
- lemon zest
- lemon juice
- garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
For the lamb burger:
- ground lamb
- hamburger buns
- feta cheese
- red onion
- lemon zest
- dried oregano
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- sliced tomato and lettuce (optional)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- mixing bowls
- box grater or food processor
- measuring cups and spoons
- strainer or clean kitchen towel (optional)
- chef's knife or santoku
- cutting board
- vegetable peeler
- teaspoon (for seeing cucumber)
- lemon zester
- grilling tools
- BBQ gloves
- instant-read thermometer
How this recipe came to be:
My love of a good gyro was the inspiration for this burger, but I don't always have a leg of lamb on the spit, ready and waiting. Actually, I never have. LOL
Because of that, and because getting take-out isn't something we like to do all that often, I came up with this burger riff on the classic Gyros sandwich.
Why this recipe works:
If you love the flavors of Greek cuisine, then make these burgers, and make these burgers soon!
They're delicious. They're easy to make. And they'll hit all the right bells and whistles on the taste buds. And they'll cure a craving for authentic lamb gyros, complete with the cool and creamy tzatziki sauce!
How to prevent a runny tzatziki sauce:
Did you know that cucumbers are loaded with water?
The key to making a tzatziki sauce that isn't watery and runny, it's important to squeeze all the excess water from the grated (or chopped) cucumber before adding it into the mixing bowl.
You can do this in any number of ways; by using a strainer, squeezing it with hands, or by ringing it out in a clean kitchen towel.
What is the proper internal temperature for cooked lamb burgers?
A properly cooked ground lamb burger should reach at least 145-degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
I tend to like my lamb burgers cooked to 150-degrees, but that's a personal choice.
How to ensure a juicy burger:
For the juiciest burgers, always allow any cooked burgers to sit (covered) for 10 minutes before serving.
Another way to ensure a juicy burger is to stop cooking them 5-degrees before your target temperature.
As the cooked burger sits (covered), the internal temperature will rise (this is called carry-over cooking), so by the time you serve the burgers; you'll hit your target temperature.
How to remove the seeds from a cucumber:
How to make the lamb burgers with tzatziki sauce:
How to make homemade tzatziki sauce:
- Combine all the tzatziki sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Chill until ready to use.
How to make lamb burgers:
- In a large bowl, mix the ground lamb, feta, red onion, lemon zest, dried oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Form the prepared Greek lamb burger meat into 5" round patties and grill on an outdoor grill, inside in a skillet, or on an indoor grill pan for 4-5 minutes per side, or until your desired doneness.
Delicious side dishes to serve alongside Greek Lamb Burgers:
*Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs (shown below and featured in the video)
Roasted baby potatoes are creamy in the center, and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!
*Old-Fashioned Red Bean Salad (not shown)
This fast, easy, no-cook and economical recipe for red bean salad calls for only a handful of ingredients. It’s the perfect chilled side dish to serve for any and every occasion!
*Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (shown below)
Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!
*Greek Orzo Pasta Salad (now shown)
If you’re looking for a cool and refreshing summertime salad that takes no time to make, search no further.
*Greek Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's delicious Greek lamb burger recipe.
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Printable Recipe Card
Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki Sauce
For the tzatziki sauce:
- 1½ cups Greek yogurt plain
- ¾ cup finely diced red onion divided
- ½ cup grated cucumber peeled, seeded and squeezed dry
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
For the lamb burgers:
- 1½ pounds ground lamb
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- ½ cup finely diced red onion
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 burger buns your favorite variety
- tomato slices optional
- lettuce leaves optional
To make the tzatziki sauce:
- Peel, seed, grate and squeeze out all the water from the cucumber.
- Add the Greek yogurt, ¼ cup diced red onion, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, prepared cucumber, 1 minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest in a medium bowl and mix well.
- Chill until needed.
To make the lamb burgers:
- In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb, red onion, crumbled feta, lemon zest, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well until thoroughtly combined. .
- Form the meat mixture into 6 even sized patties and cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until your desired doneness.
- Remove the burgers from the heat and allow to sit (covered) for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve on buns along with the chilled tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce if desired.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's ground lamb burger recipe with feta and tzatziki sauce as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
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