Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers with Mint and Garlic Yogurt
Simple spices and a garlicky herb sauce elevate this burger in to something WOW! Perfect for BBQS or in mini version for cocktail parties.
Prep Time:15 min
Cook Time:15 min
Total Time:30 minutes
Yield:4-6 servings 1x
1.5 lbs (680g) ground lamb or beef
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 onion, minced or grated
1 Tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika (if you don’t have it you can use regular but smoked gives much more flavour)
1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
1.5 teaspoons salt
fresh ground pepper or an optional pinch of chilli flakes
For the Sauce:
1 cup greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped mint
1 Tablespoon chopped dill (you can play with the herbs but those are my favourite combination)
salt to taste
For Cooking and Serving:
1–2 glugs of olive oil
optional handful of pomegranate seeds (see note above)
Mint & Dill Sprigs
Pita or bun
Thinly sliced Red Onion and Tomato
Combine the meat with the spices, garlic and onion in a medium bowl and mix well with your hands without over working the meat. Form in to large burgers or small patties.
Heat a glug of olive oil in a pan or heat your grill over medium heat and slightly brush the burgers with oil. Cook the burgers until desired temperature (cooking time depends greatly on size but a large burger needs at least 12-15 minutes cooking time while small kofte probably only need 7-8 minutes)
While the burgers are cooking combine all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce.
Serve the burgers or kofte with chosen accompaniments.