Greek Lamb Burgers…that will leave your mouth watering

I am slightly obsessed with Mediterranean food. Okay, I admit…that is an enormous understatement. I could eat falafel, tahini sauce, hummus, fattoush salad, cucumber yogurt sauce, kabobs, and gyros every day at lunch and still crave it all over again for dinner. I don’t have an ounce of Greek or Middle Eastern in me, but my adopted Yia-Yia (grandmother) and my best friend from childhood are both Greek. They must have rubbed off on my taste buds!

Last week I tried to recreate one of my favorite dishes from one of my favorite restaurants-the Greek burger from Cowfish. This amazing burger and sushi fusion joint, located in Charlotte, North Caroline knows how to make one heck of a Greek burger! And, while I didn’t quite match theirs, my version was equally delicious! I got a little help from the Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook for the burger seasoning.

What you need to go Greek! 

For the burgers: Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl and then form into 6 medium-sized patties. They should be about 1/2 inch thick. Cover them and place in the fridge for about an hour before throwing them on the grill. Heat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, turning the burgers once. They should be pink in the center.photo 1

photo 12 pounds of ground (minced) lamb

1/4 cup red onion minced

2 cloves of garlic minced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

onion burger buns (from your local bakery or deli)photo 2

For the Cucumber Sauce:  Just mix it all together and load it on top of your cooked burgerphoto 3

2 cups plain greek yogurtphoto 5

one cucumber diced

1 bunch of mint chopped

1 teaspoon fresh black pepper

 

 

For the Garnish:  layer these three items on your burger on top of the cucumber sauce

spinach or lettuce

sliced roma or vine ripened tomatoes

one slice of a firm feta block for each burgerphoto 5photo 2

I paired my tasty Greek burger with a side of tabouleh (click here for that recipe) and some all natural Alexia sweet potato fries. I love the Alexia sweet potato fries! These are super easy to make and are delicious every time. Simply preheat and throw them in your oven to bake. You can choose between spicy seasoning, plain, or sea salt. Yummy!

OPA! (okay, not really. I’m a little scared of trying flaming cheese in my kitchen) But, there you have it…a mouth watering Greek burger with some tasty side options. My husband’s only complaint was that he couldn’t fit the whole thing in his mouth at once!White architecture of Oia village on Santorini island, Greece

From The Mom in Me, MD