Easy greek lamb burger recipe made with ground lamb, fresh herbs, spices, onion, and garlic for tons of FLAVOR! Topped with homemade tzatziki sauce and your favorite burger toppings for a delicious twist on a classic burger recipe. If you love Greek food and burgers, these greek burgers are a must this summer!
Happy July and happy burger month on Eat the Gains! Can a get a what, what?!
We are starting off strong with this greek lamb burger recipe! Confession – I’ve been making this recipe for a long long time (it’s a spin-off my greek lamb meatballs), and am finally posting it so it has a home!
There is nothing like a good burger to satisfy a craving. Meaty, juicy, greasy, and full of flavor, they are one of my favorite foods if done right. Greek food is also one of my favorite cuisines and when you combine the two together, it brings me to a happy place.
These Mediterranean burgers do just that – loaded with fresh herbs, spices, onion, and garlic – and grilled to juicy perfection! Then topped with homemade tzatziki, tomato, onion, and cucumber to balance it all out and bring the recipe together.
If you have no idea what I am talking about when I am mentioning burger month, this month is dedicated to all things burgers on ETG. All through July, we will be posting burger themed recipes – from burgers, to fries, to sauces. Burgers are one of my favorite foods and summer is definitely the time for them!
We are also doing a fun giveaway that you can read about here.
Are lamb burgers healthy?
Not only is lamb delicious, but it is packed with protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and selenium. Since lamb is usually grass-fed, it has a lot of heart healthy omega 3s fatty acids. These fats are healthy fats and omega-3 are anti-inflammatory. Lamb also contains CLA which can help aid fat loss and improve lean muscle mass.
Ground lamb is easy to use (treat it like ground beef!) and it adds such great flavor to these burgers – you will love it!
Greek lamb burger recipe
Juicy grilled lamb burgers are full of fresh herbs and spices, onion and garlic, and tons of flavor. Serve them up with your favorite toppings (listing some suggestions below) and fries for the perfect summer burger recipe.
Here is what you need:
- ground lamb
- red onion
- fresh parsley
- fresh mint
- dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- buns or lettuce wraps for servings
- toppings of your choice!
First, start off my lighting your grill and let it come up to temperature. I used a charcoal grill for this as I love the flavor, but any kind of grill will work.
While the grill heats up, make the burgers. Add the lamb, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, oregano, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well to combine, but try not to overmix too much.
If you want, you can let this mixture marinate for an hour or more. It gives the burgers so much flavor but is not necessary (I did not do it).
Then form the meat into 4 equal-sized patties. Use your hands to form into a burger shape, with about an inch of thickness, and making a small indent in the middle. This will help them cook evenly and not puff up.
Grill over direct heat for 4-5 minutes per side, depending on how you like your burger cooked. While the burgers grill, prepare your toppings and sides. Once they are done, pile them up with your favorite toppings and sides and enjoy!
Substitutions for greek burgers
Here are few substitutions for lamb burgers. I highly suggest using fresh herbs as it gives these burgers so much flavor, but you can use dried if needed.
- meat – lamb adds such great flavor to these burgers, but if you don’t have lamb or want something not as fatty, you can use whatever kind of ground meat you like. Chicken, beef, or turkey will all work well, but the flavor profile will change some. Ground chicken and ground turkey can be kind of wet, so you might need to add a binder if using those.
- fresh parsley – you can substitute 2 1/2-3 tablespoons dried parsley for fresh
- mint – you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried mint for fresh
Can you make lamb burgers on the stove?
Yes, lamb burgers can be made on the stove if you don’t have a grill. Heat a well-seasoned cast iron over medium heat, adding oil if needed. Cook burgers for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking.
Lamb burger toppings
What is a good burger without any toppings?! While I love a classic burger, you definitely need a few toppings to bring it all together. And the toppings on this greek burgers help bring it all together.
Here a few suggestions:
- tzatziki – when you think of greek food, you think of tzatziki! Highly recommend whipping up a batch of homemade tzatziki in advance or while the burgers grill. All you need is yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. You can also use your favorite store bought as well.
- feta – adds a nice tanginess to the recipe
- red onion – either fresh or pickled
- peppers – green bell peppers are used often in greek food
For serving, you can either use any kind of hamburger bun, lettuce wrap, or even pita. Since lamb is a rich cut of meat, I love using lettuce wraps to balance it out, but anything will work. You can even serve them on top of a greek salad!
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- 1 pound ground lamb (I used 80/20)
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion (60 grams)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 packed tablespoon mint leaves, chopped (8-10 large leaves)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup homemade tzatziki sauce
- toppings of choice: lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta...
- burger buns of choice
- Heat grill to medium-high heat.
- While the grill heats up, make the burgers. Add the lamb, onion, garlic, parsley, mint, oregano, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well to combine, but try not to overmix too much.*
- Then form the meat into 4 equal-sized patties. Use your hands to form into a burger shape, with about an inch of thickness, and making a small thumb-sized indent in the middle. This will help them cook evenly and not puff up.
- Grill over direct heat for 4-5 minutes per side, depending on how you like your burger cooked. While the burgers grill, prepare your toppings and sides.
- Top burgers with tzatziki sauce serve in lettuce wraps or buns with additional toppings. Enjoy!
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