These lamb sliders are topped with cool and creamy tzatziki for a Greek twist on a classic.

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Ingredients

For Tzatziki
For Lamb Burgers

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • To serve, warm pitas on the grill or directly over a gas burner, turning occasionally. Halve pitas, and fill with burgers, tomato, and tzatziki.

Cook's Notes

Allow 3 to 4 of these tiny burgers for each adult. For kids, you can tuck 1 little burger into a miniature pita, and serve with ketchup.

Reviews (16)

55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2019
We have loved this recipe since I saw it first in Everyday Food. If I'm very pressed for time and able to get good quality Tzatziki in advance, I'll cheat and skip making it from scratch. My now-teenaged kids still get excited when these lamb burgers are on our menu. We usually serve it with a greek salad on the side.
Rating: Unrated
08/12/2012
This is my new "go to" recipe for when I eat meat specifically a hamburger. Sorry, cows, but you got nothin' on this lamb. Btw- this little Greek girl put dill in the tzaziki vs./ mint.
Rating: Unrated
07/30/2009
Oops. I mean grate the firm flesh!
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07/30/2009
Cut the pulpy flesh from the cucumbers and grate, then squeeze in a towel. No salt needed! Add more garlic. I would double or triple the recipe. My guests love tsadziki! Also, add a little olive oil (1or 2 tsps. to the recipe as listed), and serve with Kalamata olives. Opah!
Rating: Unrated
07/30/2009
Cut the pulpy flesh from the cucumbers and grate, then squeeze in a towel. No salt needed! Add more garlic. I would double or triple the recipe. My guests love tsadziki! Also, add a little olive oil (1or 2 tsps. to the recipe as listed), and serve with Kalamata olives. Opah!
Rating: Unrated
08/24/2008
It took me 1 hr and 40 mins to make these burgers (I did use around 2 pounds of ground lamb, but even so!) as opposed to 35 mins! There were many things to wash up afterwards, and my kitchen was a mess with oil splattered everywhere! Not something I am prepared to make during the week when I am working, but the ingredients were not too expensive and the burgers did taste good.
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Rating: Unrated
08/22/2008
This was fantastic! I salted the grated cucumber and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then pressed the liquid out. This helped to keep the tzatziki from being too watery. I upped the garlic in the tzatziki, and added a bit to the lamb as well. Wonderful alternative to boring burgers!
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2008
I made with ground turkey. Added 1 tsp garlic powder to meat. Eliminated mint from sauce; added finely minced white onion and 1 tsp sugar. Excellent!
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06/20/2008
These are delicious when you have a hankering for gyros, they taste the same! I used greek yogurt (it's thicker and more like sour cream) instead of regular yogurt and added a little bit of onion to the tzatziki - yum!
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2008
I made these with turkey instead of lamb and the result was really delicious. I'm not normally a fan of ground turkey, but it worked really well in this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
06/15/2008
this lamb burgers are great
Rating: Unrated
06/11/2008
Take the extra steps if you have time and remove the excess moisture from the cucumbers and yogurt. Use real yogurt if you can and not the big store brands. Also, add some fresh dill to the Tzatziki Sauce. Thanks to JerseyCook for the meat additions and overnight marination. Great tip.
Rating: Unrated
06/10/2008
Add garlic, cumin and coriander to the meat ingredients and you will have a winner. Its especially good if you mix the meat the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight for the flavors to marry. My Dad is Greek and we grew up eating this long before it was popular. It also works REALLY well with ground pork. Both come out phenomenal on the grill! This always makes my sons want to make Baklava!! Opa!!!
Rating: Unrated
06/10/2008
I have also done this with adding 1/4- 1/2 cup of pesto to the raw lamb. Very yummy and a real crowd pleaser! It's the burger my husband always loves to rave about!
Rating: Unrated
06/10/2008
Sounds YUM! Ground lamb's in my freezer ... will get other ingredients ... can just tell it's going to be great. wonder about just browning the meat and herbs and filling the pitas that way, adding the tzatziki. In rereading alyssa's; that's exactly what she did. I loved learning how to spell halve. Tnx. grammababy
Rating: Unrated
05/04/2008
I have also made this recipe "loose" meat style with a combo of lamb and chuck. I works great, and makes stuffing the pitas so simple. I add cumin and coriander to the meat mix too. SOOOO tasty