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Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

by Capri Lilly
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Greek Lamb Burgers Recipe. Grilled juicy, tender lamb patties bursting with flavor and topped with homemade dairy-free tzatziki sauce. These quick and easy lamb burgers are guaranteed to be the standout dish at your next cookout or grill session!

Craving lamb lately? Then you must try our Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops or Lamb Meatballs next!

plated Greek lamb burger with tzatziki sauce on a sesame seed bun with a side of fries

Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Who doesn’t love a tasty grilled burger? Mix things up this barbecue season and impress your guests with this Greek Lamb Burger recipe! These gourmet Mediterranean burgers pair perfectly with a creamy, zesty tzatziki sauce. Make the best grilled burgers easily by swapping out ground beef for lamb and throw in some fresh herbs and spices to upgrade your cookout menu!

These are the best Greek lamb burgers because they are:

  • The perfect summer meal; devour them straight from the grill!
  • Super Flavorful– made with a delicious combination of cumin, paprika, parsley, onions, mint, and a tzatziki sauce that’s whipped up in just minutes!
  • Naturally Gluten-Free (The sauce is gluten-free too!)
  • Versatile– serve it with yummy sides for a complete meal at your next outdoor event!

Are Lamb Burgers Healthy?

Ground lamb is not only delicious but good for you too! It is packed with protein. Perhaps that’s why it is such a popular staple in Greek food. Although lamb has the same amount of calories as grass-fed beef, it has more omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a great source of iron so eat up!

overhead view of a glass bowl filled with greek lamb burger ingredients including jalapeno, garlic, seasonings, mint, fresh parsley, red onion and ground lamb

Ingredients

  • Ground Lamb: The key flavor of Greek Lamb Burgers is, of course, the lamb! It has a distinct, clean, grassy flavor and retains moisture nicely. If you are on the fence about using lamb, you can mix it with ground beef or ground turkey with a 50:50 ratio.
  • Parsley: For a nice bright flavor, I use fresh and dried parsley.
  • Seasonings: I use sea salt, cumin, and smoked paprika.
  • Olive Oil: Use this in order to release the flavor of the herbs and seasonings.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: This provides a subtle, sweet flavor and a cool freshness that can not be replicated with any other herb.
  • Onion: Finely mince the onion so we get those juices.
  • Garlic: Add more or less depending on your taste buds.
  • Jalapeño: This is an optional inclusion in order to add a little spice!
  • Tzatziki: This secret sauce/dip comes with a simple recipe that you’ll want to use for these burgers and plenty of other things! It’s quick to make and completely dairy-free!
A plated Greek lamb burger with another burger in the background

How to Make Greek Lamb Burgers

Grill Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, add the ingredients to make the lamb burgers. Then, form the mixture into 4 or 5 equal patties. Make an indentation in the center of each burger so the moisture can accumulate in the grove while cooking and keep the burger juicy!
  2. Heat an outdoor gas grill or an indoor griddle to medium then lightly oil the grill grates.
  3. Grill the patties for 4-6 minutes per side, turning once midway. (An instant thermometer inserted should read 160°F when done. Feel free to adjust the cooking time to reach your desired doneness.)
  4. Allow the burgers to rest for 5 minutes. Finally, top the burgers with spinach, lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and homemade dairy-free tzatziki sauce.
lamb patties cooking on the grill

Stovetop Directions

If you don’t have access to a grill, you can cook the lamb burgers in a cast-iron skillet. Firstly, add 1 -2 tbsp of oil to your cast iron or skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, transfer the patties to the skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes on each side, or to your desired doneness.

side by side photos of 5 lamb patties; raw on the left and cooked on the right
Lamb Burgers Before vs After Cooking

What Goes Well With Lamb Burgers?

Pair this lamb burger recipe with a few delicious sides so you have a perfectly balanced meal. Here are a few ideas!

Toppings for Lamb Burgers

Besides standard spinach, lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and our special homemade dairy-free tzatziki sauce, here are some other toppings for a Greek-style burger:

  • Feta cheese
  • Kalamata olives
  • Arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
Plated burger with sliced red onions and sweet potato fries alongside a bowl of tzatziki
What sauce is good with lamb burgers?

A luscious, creamy sauce would complement lamb burgers. If you don’t opt for the tzatziki sauce, lemon garlic aioli is an alternative option.

Do you put eggs in lamb burgers?

It is unnecessary to put eggs in the mixture when making lamb burger patties.

How do you know when ground lamb is cooked?

Use an instant thermometer to check for doneness. The USDA recommends ground lamb be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F.

Plated Greek lamb burger with sauce and sweet potato fries

I hope you enjoy this Greek Lamb Burgers Recipe! 

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Greek Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Enjoy these Greek Lamb Burgers; grilled juicy, tender lamb patties bursting with flavor and topped with a homemade dairy-free tzatziki sauce. These quick and easy lamb burgers are guaranteed to be the standout dish at your next cookout!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Greek
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Lamb
  • ½ Onion finely minced
  • ½ cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Jalapeño, finely minced optional

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add the ingredients to make the lamb burgers. Then, form the mixture into 4 or 5 equal patties. Make an indentation in the center of each burger.
  • Heat an outdoor gas grill or an indoor griddle to medium. Lightly oil the grill grates.
  • Grill the patties for 4-6 minutes per side, turning once midway. (An instant thermometer inserted should read 160°F when done. Adjust the cooking time to reach your desired doneness.)
  • Allow the burgers to rest for 5 minutes. Then, top the burgers with spinach, lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and homemade dairy-free tzatziki sauce.

Notes

  • The small indentation ​allows the moisture to accumulate in the grove while cooking and keep the burger juicy!
  • To cook these lamb burgers in a skillet: Over medium-high heat, add 1-2 tbsp oil to your cast iron or skillet. Once the skillet is hot, transfer the patties to the skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes on each side, or to your desired doneness.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.4g | Protein: 16.1g | Fat: 18.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

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