Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers

If you’re grilling burgers, shake things up a little with these Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers. 

Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers

I know some folks are a little hesitant to cook with lamb meat and prefer beef but I absolutely love the combination of beef and lamb in these burgers. While you can absolutely use beef only in this recipe, I really encourage you to try the combination of lamb and beef for an elevated flavor that will really take your burgers to the next level.

Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers

This recipe was inspired by the flavors of classic Mediterranean dishes like Lamb Kefta and beef shawarma. Each burger patty is filled with warming spices like cumin and paprika, then grilled to perfection. Instead of classic burger buns, I opted to serve these burgers in pita pockets packed full of a cooling and herby Tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onions. This results in a perfectly tender burger with a freshness that you can’t get enough of. They just feel lighter, brighter, and just a great twist on a classic American hamburger. 

Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers

I know these Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers are going to be a hit on your tables all spring and summer long! I know I’ll be serving these up, probably with my favorite Greek-style potatoes — YUM!



Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers

Greek-Inspired Grilled Lamb Burgers
Serves: 4
5 from 2 votes


For the Burgers:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup minced shallot or 1 large shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Easy Tzatziki:

  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced dill
  • ½ cup finely chopped mini cucumber 1 mini cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt

For Serving:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • ½ small red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 pita breads cut in half to make 4 pita pockets


Form the Burgers:

  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb, beef, shallot, garlic, oregano, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and mix until just combined (try not to overwork the meat). Form into 4 patties, shape the patties so they are about ½ inch thick. Set aside.

Make the Easy Tzatziki:

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Stir to combine and set aside until ready to serve. This keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

Prep the Grill:

  • Preheat the grill over medium-high heat (350- 400 degrees F). When the grill is hot, oil the grill grates (to do this, dip a wadded paper towel in a little oil and, using tongs, wipe the oil evenly over the grate. Be careful not to use too much oil, because that's a sure fire way to start a good flare-up—a little goes a long way here.)

Grill the Burgers:

  • To the greased grates, gently add the burgers to the grill. Cook on one side for 3-4 minutes until browned and they easily lift off the grates. Flip and cook on the other side until the burgers are done to your liking, about 3 more minutes for Medium. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve in the pita pockets filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a big drizzle of the tzatziki.

Food Photography and Styling by Eat Love Eats. 


  • Reply
    May 31, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Alex— we are a dairy free household. Could you swap coconut yogurt for the Greek yogurt in the sauce?

  • Reply
    May 26, 2023 at 1:31 am

    These were soooo good! I couldn’t find lamb at any of my local grocery store so just did the ground beef and the flavor was incredible! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    May 22, 2023 at 2:21 am

    5 stars
    These were incredible! Another fantastic recipe, thank you Alex.

    • Reply
      May 26, 2023 at 12:26 pm

      So happy they were a hit!

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    Allie Tuten
    May 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars
    These were excellent. This will for sure be in the summer rotation. We didn’t use the pita but we brushed the bottom of our plate with the Tzatziki and hummus and then added lettuce with the burger on top!

    • Reply
      May 21, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      Love this serving option! Glad you enjoyed these burgers.

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