Greek American Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki


June 24, 2022

Recipe provided by The Brooklyn Kitchen, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Greek American Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki | American Lamb).


2 lb Ground American lamb

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tsp Aleppo-style pepper

2 cloves Garlic, minced

3 tbsp Dill, finely chopped

3 tbsp Mint, finely chopped

Grapeseed oil

2 Red onions, sliced into thick discs

2 ounces Butter

4-6 Brioche buns


Green leaf lettuce

Tzatziki - makes 2 cups

1 English cucumber, finely grated

1 tsp Kosher salt

16 ounces Plain Greek yogurt

2 cloves Garlic, grated

2 tbsp Olive oil

1 oz. Fresh mint, chopped

1 oz. Fresh dill, chopped

Juice of 1/2 lemon


Greek American Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki and Grilled Red Onions

1Season the ground lamb liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using your hands, mix in the garlic, dill, and mint. Divide meat into 4-6 portions, shaping into a disk, approximately 4 inches in diameter. Brush the patties with grapeseed oil.

2Place a cast iron pan or grill pan over high heat for 2 minutes. Once the pan is preheated, carefully lay a patty into the pan.

3Once the underside is a deep golden brown, about 2 minutes, flip the burger. Cook until the other side is browned and cooked to the internal temperature of 160 degrees F, 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate, then repeat with remaining patties.

4While the burger patties are resting, use the same pan to griddle the red onions. Using the remaining oil in the pan, add in the red onion disks. Season with kosher salt, and allow to sear on high heat until the onion begins to soften and develop a deep caramelized exterior. Flip the onions disks carefully (so they stay intact), and repeat on the remaining side. The interior of the onions should still have a bit of crunch.

5Using the same skillet, add a small amount of butter, and reduce the heat to medium. Add the cut brioche buns to the pun, cut side down, allowing the butter and remaining pan juices to soak into the bread. Cook until golden brown and warmed through, about 2 minutes.

6Build the slider: add a small amount of tzatziki to the bottom bun, followed by the lettuce, burger patty, grilled onion rings, and finally a another spoonful of tzatziki and the top bun.


1 Combine the cucumber and salt in a mixing bowl and let it sit for a few minutes to draw out the water from the cucumber.

2Place the cucumber in a piece of cheesecloth. Working over a bowl or the sink, squeeze out the excess liquid. Transfer the cucumber back to the mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. Taste for salt and add more as desired.