Lamb Pita Burgers

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As I was sitting in front of my fan (it’s still miserable in LA), editing these photos, I quickly realized how silly of me for posting a burger recipe the day after Labor Day. You’re probably sick of burgers. Or maybe, like me, you had no American food at all. My Labor Day was full of some dim sum and Korean shaved ice and two small Mexican fish tacos. And some new and old friends. It was rad.

These lamb burgers aren’t your traditional burgers anyway so I think it’s all good. In my dreams, these will be your dinner. They’re awesome and special.

Yesterday was a nice and relaxing day; I’m glad I ended up taking the day off to enjoy myself versus my original, depressing plan of working. I’m happy I chose fun. You gotta choose fun sometimes, man.

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Sunday was so fun. There were sheep AND Amelia. It was incredible. I can’t even put the experience into words. There will be sheep pictures soon. It was a great way to end the weird month that was August. I’m excited for September but August was strange.

These burgers are surprisingly light. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that lamb can sometimes (depending on the cut) be lighter than beef. And pitas are way lighter than big ol’ brioche buns (my favorite!). The tzatziki sauce, fresh tomato cubes and pieces of lettuce made this a dreamy burger situation. I loved it so much.

The burgers are made with a nice mixture of sautéed yellow onions, spices like coriander, cumin, ginger, garlic and wait for it…chopped up pistachios. They add nice texture. I love ‘em. Oh and the fresh parsley and mint were cool too.

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These would be a great weeknight dinner. Grill the burgers or cook ‘em in a pan. Both are great ways to eat them.

I’m currently on the search for air conditioning so I can veg out and watch the New Jersey housewives at that weird “spiritual” ranch in Arizona. So weird.

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Lamb Pita Burgers

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Olive oil
1/4 cup diced yellow onions
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 minced garlic cloves
1 pound ground lamb
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Tzatziki sauce:
1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 Persian cucumbers, diced
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1 lemon
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

For burgers:
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomato
Pitas

1. In a small skillet add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. When hot, add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add the spices: pepper, coriander, cumin, ginger and minced garlic. Cook for an additional minute or so, until the entire mixture is fragrant. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.

2. To a medium bowl, add the ground lamb, onion and spice mixture, chopped pistachios, fresh parsley, fresh mint and sea salt. Mix with your hands (I like to wear plastic gloves) or a fork until everything is thoroughly distributed. Shape the lamb into 3/4-inch thick patties (about 1/4 pound per patty). Allow the patties to rest and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. (This will make sure the patties will stay together when frying or grilling.)

3. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce. There’s no way to mess this up: mix, taste and adjust according to how you like it. Get your toppings ready and warm the pitas in the oven, if you like.

4. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet; when the oil is hot, add the lamb patties, cooking them 1 to 2 at a time. (Over crowding the pan will result in steamed patties.) Cook each of the patties for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium well. If you like your lamb well, then I’d recommend about 5 minutes each side. Repeat the process until all the patties are cooked.

5. To assemble, place the lamb patties in the pitas, garnish with tomatoes and lettuce. Pour on tzatziki sauce liberally. It’s good.

Makes 4 Lamb Burgers

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Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net September 3, 2013 at 1:10 am

These burgers look so good! I love pita bread so much, what a great substitution for the regular burger buns.

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

I am never sick of burgers, sadly is often my down fall at BBQs. I am glad you took a good rest! Nothing like a bit of R&R for the soul.
Loving the middle eastern influence in this burgers.

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Marieke September 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

These burgers sound great. Can you tell me how much ground lamb meat you need? This seems to be missing in the recipe.

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Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

1 pound! It’s in there now. Sorry about that.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe September 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

I can never have enough burgers! I’m a little ashamed to admit they are kind of…my favorite food ever! But I’d never thought of combining pitas and lamb burgers…they look delicious! Oh, and can’t wait to see Amelia’s photos with sheep!

xo, Elisa

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

We eat ground lamb quite a bit but you’ve made me realize I’ve never made lamb burgers! Love the idea to add pistachios too.

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 3, 2013 at 4:47 am

I do pitas with lamb meatballs but never a burger shape. This looks so good and pistachios? Makes my eyes roll back into my head thinking can it get any better.

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Becki's Whole Life September 3, 2013 at 4:52 am

I think we are just headed into burger season with football coming! I love lamb and these sound so great with the Tzatziki sauce, too!

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Tieghan September 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

I have never had any lamb! Growing up it was always beef and my family is picky, so no one ver wanted to try a different meet. So boring! But I love all greet food and have been dying to try lamb. These look like the perfect easy and delicious way to start. Heck yes! Oh and I do not think you can ever get tired of a good burger!

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Rachel Taylor September 3, 2013 at 5:53 am

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t find the amount for ground lamb in the recipe. Maybe it’s a glitch in my browser!

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Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

Not just you! I move too quickly and sometimes make mistakes. It’s in there now. Sorry about that!

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Rachel Taylor September 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Thanks! Can’t wait to try them!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

I watched that episode last night! So bizarre–I swear I’ve seen that horse guy on some other (reality) show before.

I love lamb burgers–and top it off with some tzatziki sauce and I’m one happy camper. I sometimes add feta as well! Oh so good. Need to try your version, especially with all those great spices and pistachios (!).

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Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

HAHAH! Dude, I’ve seen him before too, I swear it!

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Tammela September 3, 2013 at 6:26 am

Lamb burgers are so good, especially with your accompaniments like pita and yogurt sauce. Yum!

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Emma September 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

These sound fabulous! I may have missed it sorry but how much lamb do you use?

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Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

Ah! It’s in there now. 1 pound. Sorry about that!

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Kelly September 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

Ah! Gorgeous, lamb + mint = awesome. I bet some oregano would go great in there too.

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Quyen September 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

This looks delish and I like the lower carb pita ‘burger’ idea. I’ll definitely try this and I will make a taco meat version instead of a patty. I find that breaking up the meat means you get to eat less meat and more vegetables.
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Eileen September 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

Well, I for one am absolutely not sick of burgers! Especially lamb burgers–they’re clearly the best. I love the idea of adding pistachio to the mix!

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Rachel September 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

I love using pita to cut out a few carbs here and there. Definitely pinning this for later!

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Taryn September 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

yum! This is such a good idea! I’ll have to find some ground lamb and get on this.

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Tonia September 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I love lamb and these look delicious! Can’t wait to try them.

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Abby September 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Holy yum. Where do you buy your ground lamb? Is it pricey? I’ve actually never bought it before but eat it all the time at our fave Mediterranean restaurant.

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Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Are you in Los Angles? If so, I got mine at Gelson’s in Silver Lake. It was $8 for 1 1/2 pounds. So pretty moderately priced. Sometimes Trader Joe’s has it too.

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Abby September 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I’m in Tejas. But, I’ll totally check Trader Joes or Central Market!

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Marie @ Little Kitchie September 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Want this for dinner so bad!!

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Joanne T Ferguson September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

G’day! Your burger and recipe look delicious, true!
Love adding pistachios…these are now on my list to do! Thank you!
Cheers! Joanne
@mickeydownunder

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SueSchneid22 September 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Made these last night after reading your blog post. Oh my, they were delicious!!! I can’t wait to eat them again! My husband loved them, too. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Oh weeeee! YAY!

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Jayne September 5, 2013 at 1:35 am

This burger is lovely! Lamb goes so so well with all that spices. Really Greek in style. We had something similar in the Greek restaurant. With that tzatziki, perfect.

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alex clarkson September 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

these burgers are so unique and delicious. thanks for the recipe.

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Julia September 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

How delicious! Were huge fans of burgers in my house and as were middle eastern, I love your spice mix that you used. Its so close to home, cant wait to try it out! Thanks!

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