We had this Greek Lamb Burger recipe planned for a while, and then something magical happened – the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals in 6 games. We’re huge Bucks fan, and the fact that we filmed this recipe on the day after the Bucks won the Championship seemed like destiny. Therefore, we dedicate this Greek Lamb Burger to Giannis and his 50 point Finals winning performance. Thank you Giannis. We love you.
Okay, let’s move on from the basketball. Thanks for your patience if you don’t like basketball!
We decided to make this Greek Lamb Burger recipe because we were getting lots of requests for ground lamb recipes from our customers that have lambs processed at our store and have more ground lamb than they know what to do with. We wanted to make a recipe that showed off the richer flavor of lamb compared to ground beef and was totally different than your “usual” burger.
With those parameters, we thought a lamb burger seasoned with Greek-style seasonings, grilled, and then served in a pita pocket with your traditional gyro toppings would be there perfect recipe to share with our customers. When we made the recipe, we loved how the flavor of the ground lamb added to the bold flavors of the gyro toppings. We also loved how easy it was to eat these burgers inside the pita pockets. They saved a ton of mess – we may start serving “normal” burgers in pita pockets!
How do you prepare these Greek Lamb Burgers?
We wanted to put some of the Greek flavor inside the burgers, so we started by making a bit of a “meatloaf” from the ground lamb. By using this process, we get a nicely combined mixture and meat that easily forms into patties. To make patties, you can put an appropriate amount of meat into a burger press like this one, or you can follow these steps:
- Split your meat into 6 (or 8) even portions and roll each portion into a ball.
- Flatten the balls between your hands into a disc shape and flatten to your desired thickness – thicker burgers will take longer to cook through.
- Take your thumb and go around the edges, pushing in lightly to make a nice round shape.
- Put a small indent in the middle of the top of one side of the burger to help stop the burger from shriveling up on the grill.
Just watch our video on this post to see how we make them if you’re not sure!
What do you put on top of these Greek Lamb Burgers?
We recommend using all of the “usual” gyro toppings for this Greek Lamb Burgers. We used:
- Chopped lettuce
- Tomato slices
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Feta cheese
- Tazatiki sauce
If you have items that you like to add to a Gyro or take off the sandwich – feel free to add or omit as you like!
Can I make this recipe with Ground Beef instead of Ground Lamb?
Sure thing! This recipe will still taste delicious with ground beef instead of ground lamb, but we do think the lamb flavor adds something special to the flavor. If you do choose to use ground beef, we recommend using something like ground sirloin that has a bit bolder flavor compared to ground chuck.
Okay, that’s all from us on this Greek Lamb Burger recipe. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope you watch our video (included above) for visual step by step instructions on how to make these burgers at home. We loved them and we hope you do too. Do you have other ideas on how to use ground lamb? We recommend trying this Kebab recipe from the Caucus region of Europe with ground lamb. We wrote it for using ground beef, but ground lamb would be more traditional and incredibly delicious.
Share your ground lamb recipe tips in the comments below, and let us know if you made any tweaks to this recipe. We love to hear from you and hope to see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 2 lb Ground Lamb
- 1 Egg (beaten)
- 1 cup Parsley (fresh, chopped)
- 1/2 cup Mint (fresh, chopped)
- 3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice (juice from one lemon)
- 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- Pita Pockets (for serving)
- Lettuce (chopped, for serving)
- Tomato (sliced, for serving)
- Red Onion (thinly sliced, for serving)
- Feta Cheese (crumbled, for serving)
- Tzatziki Sauce (for serving)
Add ground lamb, egg, parsley, mint, bread crumbs, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together with your hands until combined and the lamb has formed a meatloaf like texture.
Split the meat into six (or eight if you like smaller burgers) equal portions, and make patties out of the meat.
Place the patties on a grill over medium high heat and cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side. Cook the meat until it reaches 160ºF or your desired doneness, and then remove from grill. Let the burgers rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Assemble the burgers by placing a schmear of Tzatziki sauce (store bought or homemade – here’s a recipe) in a pita pocket, then add in lettuce. Place a burger inside the pita pocket on top of the lettuce, and then top with onion, tomato, and feta cheese. Enjoy a delicious Greek Lamb Burger, and try not to get Tzatziki all over yourself like I did in the video!