Santorini Lamb Sliders

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
I love lamb burgers, so I created a crowd-friendly slider version. The tzatziki sauce is best made a day or two in advance to allow the flavors to mingle. —Cristina Certano, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Santorini Lamb Sliders Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded peeled cucumber
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 10 mini buns or mini ciabatta buns
  • 10 Bibb lettuce leaves or Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Line a strainer or colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth or 1 coffee filter; place over a bowl. Place yogurt in prepared strainer; cover yogurt with sides of cheesecloth. Refrigerate 2-4 hours. Meanwhile, place cucumber in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. For burgers, in a large bowl, combine lamb, lemon zest, 2 garlic cloves, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into ten 1/2-in.-thick patties. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  3. For sauce, remove yogurt from cheesecloth to a bowl; discard strained liquid. Squeeze cucumber and blot dry with paper towels. Add cucumber, lemon juice, dill, and the remaining 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to yogurt, stirring until combined.
  4. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Grill buns over medium heat, cut sides down, for 30-60 seconds or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, red onion, feta and sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 slider: 228 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 531mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.