Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce tastes a lot like a lamb gyro but it’s even a little bit better when grilled into a burger!

Welcome to our Culinary Journey, today is the third week of exploring the country of Greece.  Were you able to try either of our Greek Feta and Red Pepper Spread with Flat Bread or our Greek Fasolatha Soup yet?  They’re both waiting to take you abroad to the county of Greece and welcome you into a mitéra (mothers) kitchen for some delicious home cooking!

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

Meat is a precious commodity in Greece, small scraps not suitable for grilling or roasting are usually ground or chopped fine and turned into savory patties.  The patties are then grilled and served nestled in a warm pita bread.  Our recipe today is Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce, it’s mouth-watering beyond belief!  It was my first time to make and enjoy eating a lamb burger… it was wonderful!  The mint in the burger and the yogurt sauce compliment the lamb perfectly.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

Hold on cuz it gets better~ our Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce is topped off with fresh slices of tomatoes, green peppers, and red onions.  Every single bite leaves you begging for more… I ate way more than I should have anyways!  I was so full but SOooooooo happy ?

You may be wondering where to purchase ground lamb for this recipe~ the nice butcher at Whole Foods ground some for me at the meat counter.   If you can’t find ground lamb then substituting ground beef works but they obviously they have very different flavors.   It would work just fine though I’m sure.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

Religious influence has played a major role in the lives of Greeks in determining when and what meats they can eat.  Beef is not commonly found there, more likely to be seen are sheep and goats, which they are experts at preparing both.  The meat is traditionally prepared with local fresh herbs, lemons, and locally pressed olive oil.  The meat is then grilled over wood or stewed with sun-ripened tomatoes and herbs.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

Now lets take a look at some of the magical places in Greece…

It’s a country teeming with myths, traditions, history and living culture.  Travelers choose it as a destination not only for its incomparable natural beauty, but because it is a magical place, full of discoveries, charm and secrets.  I can only imagine being captivated by its historical wealth, a trip to Greece would be the experience of a lifetime that would leave me filled with the feeling that the world is ultimately very rich, very beautiful, and very interesting.

I would have to visit as many vineyards as I could, they look beyond amazing…

Greece, the renowned birthplace of Dionysos, the god of wine, has the longest wine production and consumption history in the world, as well as the richest heritage. Greek wine has been produced for more than 4,000 years. Wine culture – the consumption of wine as a social event and its sophisticated appreciation was developed for the first time by the Ancient Greeks.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridgesGreek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

I would also have to get out and do a lot of exploring in nature; enjoying all the amazing hiking trails plus they have caves that look especially intriguing to me…

Greece is scattered with caves exceeding 8500 in number. Major geological processes have endowed the bowels of the Greek earth with true monuments to nature, filled with charm and mystery.

The caves in Diros, Greece caught my eye to share with you~ how awesome would it be to explore in here!!!

The famous Alepotripa and Vlichada caves are located in Pirgos Diros.  The Alepotrypa cavern was discovered in 1958. In the course of the late Neolithic period (4000 – 3000 BC), the cave was extensively used as shelter, dwelling, workshop, storage place for goods, cemetery and a place of worship.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

The cave of Vlychada covers an area of 16,700 m2 and since 1949 about 2,800 water passages have been explored. A 2.5-km-long winding passageway is the main route for sightseeing. During a 40-min boat trip, the visitor comes across an intricate network of passages and galleries, decorated with gleaming stalagmites and stalactites, whose reflection in the water accentuates their natural beauty. The guided tour into the cavern of Vlychada takes place by boat and on foot – part of it is on land.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce on www.cookingwithruthie.com tastes a lot like a gyro but even better grilled into a burger! #foodbridges

It’s so hard to choose what to highlight for you, I hope to experience every part of Greece one day!  It all looks stunning and beautiful and worthy of at least a month of exploring.  Until then, bring home a piece of Greece today with all of our Greek Culinary Journey recipes.

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce is a delicious culinary experience from Greece~ enjoy with your family for dinner this week!

Happy Wednesday!
Much Love and Peace~

Ruthie

Greek Lamb Burger with Yogurt Mint Sauce

 

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Recipe type: Main

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1½ cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons mint, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices day-old white bread torn into very small pieces
  • 1 small onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mint, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 small pita bread (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 small green bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Yogurt Sauce:
  2. In a small bowl combine yogurt, garlic, mint, and salt.
  3. Allow flavors to meld while preparing burgers.
  4. Preheat grill to medium high.
  5. Combine lamb, egg, bread, onion, lemon juice, mint, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  6. Form into 4 patties about ¾ inch thick.
  7. Grill for approximately 6 minutes per side or until reaches desired doneness.
  8. Cut the pitas in half to form pockets.
  9. Transfer burgers into pita bread pockets and top with yogurt sauce, tomatoes, green pepper, and onion.
  10. Serve and Enjoy!

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