Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Greek Lamburgers

I love gyros. I'm always trying to find a healthy way to make those same flavors myself. I bought some ground lamb the other day and decided on making a Greek-inspired burger. If I'd had an event, I would've made them into small meatballs, stuck them with a toothpick, skewer a 1/2 grape tomato and a piece of cucumber on it and served with sauce to dip into.

Since it was just a stay-at-home kind of night, we had burgers. I highly recommend serving these with tzatziki sauce, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cucumber and some crumbled feta. They'd totally be awesome on pitas too, but I had 3 buns left from last week that needed to be eaten.

Lamburger Ingredients
1-1.5 lbs of ground lamb
1/2 sweet onion (Vidalias are in season now, but a red onion would work too)
a handful of fresh oregano (use a couple tbsp of dried if you don't have fresh)
5 cloves garlic
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp salt
1-2 tsp black pepper

I used my small food processor for this - put the onion, oregano and garlic into the processor and mix to a pulp.

Add the veggie mixture to the lamb. Add dijon. Season with salt & pepper. I like lots of black pepper.

Combine well. C'mon. Take off your jewelery and get your hands in there.

Make a small tester patty and cook it up! You have to check for the seasoning. If you like more garlic, add it! Needs salt? Salt it up!

You can let this sit in the fridge all day until you are ready to cook. Same with the tzatziki sauce. It's actually best if made ahead of time.

Tzatziki Sauce
- 1/4 cup English cucumber - grated finely and squeezed as dry as possible

-1cup of plain Greek yogurt (If you can’t find Greek yogurt, use regular plain yogurt & strain thru cheesecloth for an hour or so - you just want it thick. I think even sour cream may substitute OK)

- 2 tbsp of lemon juice

- ½ tsp of salt

- 2 cloves of garlic minced

-the zest of 1 lemon

Just combine all ingredients and let the flavors meld. Great to do a day in advance.

Serve your lamburgers with the tzatziki sauce, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cucumber & feta. Oh yeah baybeh!! These are tasty and a great way to get your kiddos to try new flavors in a familiar burger form.

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