Mini Lamb Burgers Recipe | PBS Food

Tzatziki sauce, made from yogurt, cucumber, and mint, is as commonplace in Greek cuisine as ketchup is on American tables. It makes a perfect accompaniment to this Greek-inspired meal of ground-lamb burgers.


Prep time: 20 Minutes

Total time: 20 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4

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  • 1/2 English cucumber peeled, seeded, and grated (¾ cup)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt preferably whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1- 1/2 lb. ground lamb
  • 1/2 small onion minced (¼ cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pita breads (6-inch)
  • Iceberg lettuce for serving
  • 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes sliced, for serving


  1. Heat grill or grill pan to high. Make tzatziki: In a medium bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, mint and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Make burgers: In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine lamb, onion, parsley, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into 16 small patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Grill until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. To serve, warm pitas on the grill or directly over a gas burner, turning occasionally. Halve pitas, and fill with lettuce, burgers, tomato, and tzatziki.

Nutrition Info

Per serving: 541 calories; 24.2 grams fat; 36.8 grams protein; 41.8 grams carbohydrates; 2.5 grams fiber
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