Greek Lamb-Feta Burgers With Cucumber Sauce

These grilled lamb burgers are served with slices of ripe tomatoes and red onion in pita bread with a fresh tasting cucumber sauce seasoned with fresh mint and garlic.

Greek Lamb-Feta Burgers With Cucumber Sauce Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Greek Lamb-Feta Burgers With Cucumber Sauce for 4 servings:

  • 4 large unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, grated and squeezed very dry in a clean towel
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon red or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 large, thin red onion slices
  • 4 large, thin tomato slices
  • 4 small (4 inch) pita breads

Greek Lamb-Feta Burgers With Cucumber Sauce Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Greek Lamb-Feta Burgers With Cucumber Sauce easily:

  1. 1 Set 4 whole garlic cloves in a small skillet over medium-high heat; toast until spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Peel, mince and set aside.
  2. 2 Break up lamb in a medium bowl. Sprinkle roasted garlic, feta, oregano, salt and pepper over meat; stir with a fork to combine. Divide into 4 portions. Toss meat back and forth between cupped hands to form a ball. Pat with fingertips to flatten to about 4 inches wide. Refrigerate.
  3. 3 Mix cucumber, sour cream, mint, vinegar, 1 minced clove of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Refrigerate sauce until ready to serve.
  4. 4 Build a hot fire on one side of grill. Replace rack. When coals are covered with white ash, add burgers. Cover and cook, turning only once, until done, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium to medium-well burgers.
  5. 5 Grill pitas until spotty brown and warm, a minute or so per side. Split crosswise. Spread a couple of tablespoons of sauce over 4 pita halves. Top each with an onion slice, a tomato slice and a burger. Spread a portion of the remaining sauce over each burger. Top with remaining pita halves.


  • For gas grill
  • About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill with all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean rack, then use tongs to wipe a rag soaked in vegetable oil over it. Close lid and let reheat. Add burgers; cook, covered, about 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-well.
  • Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 650 calories; 46.8 grams of fat; 25.2 grams of carbohydrates; 31.2 grams of protein; 139 milligrams of cholesterol; 761 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jan 2nd 2012

    Great recipe. I made lamb lollipops with meat mixture and passed them at a party using the cucumber sauce as a dip for the meat lollipops.

  2. Jul 3rd 2011

    These were a nice change from the regular burgers we always have at BBQs. Great flavors, none were over powering. The cucumber sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the great flavors of the l ...

  3. Jun 30th 2011

    Delicious! Only change I made was I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream to make cucumber sauce. My family of 5 loved these. I served with family recipe of tabbouli and suffed grape le ...

  4. May 29th 2011

    Yum! I followed the burger recipe exactly, and these came out great! I especially like the cucumber sauce. The only thing I did differently was to serve them on toasted hamburger buns ins ...

  5. Mar 22nd 2009

    Awesome! Both the lamb patties & the sauce are excellent! I did swap out fresh dill for the mint in the cucumber sauce.

  6. Jan 8th 2009

    This is by far one of the best recipes on this site. I'm obsessed with it. My changes: I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream, I use a whole pita and just fold it over on itself instead ...

  7. Jan 6th 2009

    So yummy! Added chopped kalmata olives also. Wonderful recipe! The tziki sauce was great too!

  8. Oct 5th 2008

    These were delicious but extremely messy to eat. The cucumber sauce made this recipe, it was so tasty. I will be making these a lot over the summer as they are very quick and easy.

  9. Apr 14th 2008

    Wonderful--Tastes like authentic greek food. It's kind of hard to eat a burger in the pita so I usually cook it as loose meat and stuff the pitas with it. Tastes like gyros! Cucumber sauce i ...