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Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

These juicy burgers are made with ground lamb and seasoned with a blend of coriander, allspice, garlic, and summer savory, then paired with a cool and tangy tzatziki sauce. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend barbecue.

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Spiced Ground Lamb Patties with Tangy Yogurt Sauce

Cook Time:
10 minutes
Serving Size:
Prep Time:
35 minutes
Ground Lamb


Lamb Burgers

1 ½ lbs ground lamb 

½ cup toasted bread crumbs 

1 teaspoon freshly ground coriander 

1 teaspoon ground allspice 

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried summer savory 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup sheep’s milk yogurt (sometimes called Bulgarian yogurt; whole-milk Greek-style yogurt will also work)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

1 small seeded cucumber, diced

2-3 garlic cloves, mashed

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped 


In a large bowl, knead the ground lamb with the bread crumbs, coriander, allspice, garlic, dried summer savory, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. The mixture should be sticky, thick, and well-blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marry the flavors.

To make the tzatziki sauce, blend the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt, oil, and freshly chopped dill in a blender until smooth. You can prepare it when you’re ready to cook the burgers or make in advance and store it in the fridge covered tightly until ready for use; the sauce will keep for one week.  

When ready to cook, roll the meat into 12 balls and flatten to make thin hamburger patties. On a hot grill or cast-iron skillet, cook each burger patty for 5 minutes on each side.

Allow burgers to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving on buns or pita bread with the tzatziki sauce.

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