Greek Lamb Gyro Burgers

My favorite time of year in Oregon is Spring.  The mountains stop snowing, the flowers start blooming, the Morel’s start popping, turkeys begin gobbling, and the lambs start to hit the butcher.  I have a friend aka “Egg Man” where I get my fresh farm eggs, his boys also raise some lambs for the fair.  They take a lot of pride in their livestock at their farm and I happened to be lucky enough to get one named Spanky.

Before they go to the show, they have to get cleaned up first

These little fellas have been eating nothing but the good stuff since they hit the ground.

Egg Man does a little of the handy work in the vital areas where the boys get to clip the remainder getting them ready for the show....and my freezer.

The boys do well at the fair, their little buddies are then taken to my big buddy and made into many different cuts of meat and delivered to my freezer.  I had the boys over at the house for some lamb kabobs (of course I did not tell them that they were eating little Spanky until later).  They were both surprised how good it was, then I told them.  They were good with it, they were farmers at heart and new the deal.  I am not sure if Spanky would agree with that.

GREEK LAMB GYRO BURGERS-4 hamburgers

  • 2 pounds of ground Spanky (lamb)
  • 1/2 pound of ground veal
  • 10 Greek Klamata olives chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped dill
  • 3/4 cup of crumbled feta

In a small bowl mix all the ingredients into a large bowl, cover and chill for an hour in the fridge.  Remove from fridge and make into round balls and using a hamburger press make into patties.

My favorite thing about making burgers. The Press. I think that is so cool

I doubled my recipe because I always like to have a few for the freezer for those run and gun burger needs.

You can see the olives, dill and feta in this beauty!

I usually cover the burger and put on a cookie sheet back into the fridge while I make my special Greek Tzatziki sauce.  If you think you are going to go straight to the grill, make sure to make the sauce first and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Greek Tzatsiki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of cucumber (peeled, seeded, and shredded or finally chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and put back in fridge to set up.

The sauce will thicken up the longer you keep it in the fridge (not more than three days).

I get the bbq fired up and I take my patties out and let them get to room temperature.  Lamb is going to cook a bit faster than beef.  I like to cook it at high heat on the Traeger, the trick is to cook it hot and quickly so about 4-5 minutes on each side or when brown.  Flip them and repeat the process.  Lamb should be served medium rare for best results.  Remove them and let them sit for about 5 minutes.  They continue to cook.

Add the Greek Tzatsiki sauce, a little bit of feta and tomatoes and lettuce...and BAM!

I did a test this weekend and did not tell anyone that it was lamb.  Even the lamb haters loved these burgers.

Perfectly cooked.

The hardest thing about this lamb gyro burger is not having two of them.

Just melts in your mouth

I vac pac the extra patties and toss in the freezer for future use.  After tasting this burger, my best advice to you would be to make sure you have some more patties in the freezer!

Ready for the next sunny day

Try this one folks.  You will be a superhero for that sunny day bbq and your family may not make you do the dishes for a week.

Hope you enjoy it.

Hunting Chef

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