After weeks of nothing but dessert posts, my last post must have seemed a little odd. Not that pickled onions aren’t amazing but you probably wouldn’t eat them by themselves. Or maybe you would. Actually, maybe I would. But that’s not the point. These burgers are the point and those onions are the perfect condiment for them.
I find lamb burgers to be a little bit intense on their own. The lamb-y flavor can be a bit overpowering in hamburger form while it’s fine in a chop or a braised dish. So I combined the ground lamb with milk ground turkey to balance things out. Feta and parsley are added to jazz things up, and if you happened to have some fresh oregano, it would be great in place of the parsley.
The burgers are topped with a creamy yogurt cucumber sauce which pairs nicely with the lamb flavor. The pickled red onions add a burst of crunchy flavor and sweet acidity. I PILE them on my burgers. And then some. I’m thinking a little melted havarti would be pretty awesome on these burgers too. Good thing there is always a next time.
- 1½ lb. Ground Lamb(24 oz.)
- 20 oz. Ground Turkey
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- ⅔ C. Feta cheese, crumbled
- 1½ teaspoons Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- ¼ C. Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1 C. Plain Yogurt
- ½ Cucumber, peeled, seeded, small dice
- 2 tablespoons Red Onion, finely diced
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- Salt, to taste
- Pickled Onions
- 8-10 Hamburger Buns
- Add the ground lamb, ground turkey, olive oil, feta crumbles, salt, pepper, and parsley to a large bowl. Using you hands, mix the ingredients together well.
- Divide into 8-10 portions and shape each portion into a patty, taking care not to make them too thick.
- Heat a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil. When it's hot, add the patties and cook on medium/high heat for about 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and golden brown.
- Serve burgers with hamburger buns, cucumber sauce, and pickled onion.
- FOR THE CUCUMBER SAUCE:
- Add the yogurt, lemon juice, diced cucumber, diced onion, and garlic to a small bowl and combine. Add salt to taste.