Greeked-out Lamb Burgers

Posted by Unknown Monday, July 18, 2011
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 3
Prep Time: 35-40 min.
Cook Time: 15-20 min.
Difficulty: 2

I can not lie, this meal is going to take some preparation work.  Nothing difficult, just a lot of tossing things together and letting the flavors meld. I was thinking about the very first hamburgers eaten by the Mongolians... That's right Mongolians invented the first hamburgers and they were made with lamb.  And I said to myself, what would a lamb hamburger taste like anyway?  So I decided to make some but to make them Greek style because that is my favorite way to have lamb.  I hope you enjoy this tasty off the beaten track lamb burger, we sure did!

Greek Burgers
1 1/2 pitas
1 cup Mediterranean salad mixture

Lamb Patties
1 lb ground lamb
1 egg
2 shallots (diced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp fresh oregano (diced)
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary (diced)
fresh crack pepper (to taste)

Cheese Topping
1.5 oz goat cheese
3 tbsp marinated feta (directions below)
1 1/2 slices Swiss (chopped)
6 pitted Greek olives (diced)

Marinade (for feta)
2 tbsp olive oil
fresh rosemary
fresh oregano
fresh thyme
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
kosher salt  (to taste)

Mix together all ingredients with feta in a small bowl, cover and let refrigerate overnight.

Lamb Patties
In a large mixing bowl beat egg until fluffy and then combine all ingredients, mixing by hand until even.  Cover and let refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Cheese Topping
Drain feta and then mix all ingredients together in small bowl.  Sit aside until ready to use.

Greek Burger
Preheat grill to medium high.

Toss patty mixture and then form three equal patties and pat dry with a paper towel.  Place patties on lower grill, turn heat to medium low and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip patties using a spatula and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until coked through.  Remove from grill and place an even amount of cheese mixture over each patty.  Fill each half pitta with your desired amount of salad mixture, slide in a patty and enjoy!


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