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Santorini Lamb Sliders

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, remaining 2 garlic cloves, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper to yogurt, stirring until combined.
  • 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.

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  • Butcher2boy
    May 26, 2019

    My husband made these, but did them "normal burger size". What a delicious variation to beef burgers.