It’s all Greek for these lamb burgers

Outdoor cooking is one of the best ways to embrace and celebrate the warmer temperatures now upon us. Greek cuisine is one of my all-time favourites, and this personal recipe of mine for Greek Burgers is sure to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Feel free to replace the lamb with beef, if you’re not a lamb lover – but I personally love the flavour of lamb in this recipe. Fresh herbs are a must – this is not a recipe for utilizing your spice rack.
Happy cooking!

Greek Lamb Burgers

500g lean ground lamb (or lean ground beef)
1 large egg
7 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
100g feta cheese, crumbled fine

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and divide equally into four portions. Shape each portion into a burger patty.
2. On a preheated BBQ, grill the burgers over medium heat until cooked through or alternatively in a preheated pan over medium heat. Approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side but an instant read thermometer is the way to go: 71 degrees C or 160 degrees F.
3. Serve with Tzatziki, and lettuce, and optional tomato on your favourite burger buns.

Makes 4 burgers

Greek Tzatziki
“Do not peel the cucumbers, as the skin adds a lot of colour”

1/2 long English cucumber, grated
250g plain yogurt
2 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to season

1. Put grated cucumbers in a clean towel or cheesecloth and squeeze to remove moisture.
2. Place drained cucumbers in a bowl and add all the other ingredients; stir to combine.

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