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Lamb Pita Burgers

Servings: 4 Lamb Burgers


Lamb Patties

  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Tzatziki sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Persian cucumbers diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Pitas


  • In a small skillet add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. When hot, add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add the spices: pepper, coriander, cumin, ginger and minced garlic. Cook for an additional minute or so, until the entire mixture is fragrant. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.
  • To a medium bowl, add the ground lamb, onion and spice mixture, chopped pistachios, fresh parsley, fresh mint and sea salt. Mix with your hands (I like to wear plastic gloves) or a fork until everything is thoroughly distributed. Shape the lamb into 3/4-inch thick patties (about 1/4 pound per patty). Allow the patties to rest and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. (This will make sure the patties will stay together when frying or grilling.)
  • Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce. There's no way to mess this up: mix, taste and adjust according to how you like it. Get your toppings ready and warm the pitas in the oven, if you like.
  • Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet; when the oil is hot, add the lamb patties, cooking them 1 to 2 at a time. (Over crowding the pan will result in steamed patties.) Cook each of the patties for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium well. If you like your lamb well, then I'd recommend about 5 minutes each side. Repeat the process until all the patties are cooked.
  • To assemble, place the lamb patties in the pitas, garnish with tomatoes and lettuce. Pour on tzatziki sauce liberally. It's good.