Cumin Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki and Quick-Pickled Red Onions

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  • Quick-Pickled Red Onions:
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Tzatziki:
  • ¾ cup low-fat or nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt
  • ½ hothouse cucumber, peeled, grated, and strained
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • Cumin Lamb Burgers:
  • 1½ pounds ground lamb
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 4 brioche buns, lightly toasted


  1. Mix red onion, red wine vinegar, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Combine yogurt, cucumber, ¼ cup mint, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl; season with salt. Place in the refrigerator to set.
  3. Gently combine lamb, yellow onion, cumin, coriander, and remaining mint in a bowl; season well with salt and pepper. Form into four patties, trying to avoid overhandling the meat.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over high heat until lightly smoking. Adjust heat to medium, add the burgers, and cook until the bottom is browned, about 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook until a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the burger registers an internal temperature of 160°F (70°C), about 4 minutes more.
  5. Allow burgers to rest for five minutes before serving on buns topped with about 2 tablespoons tzatziki and 1 tablespoon quick-pickled onions.
Mealthy tip:

With ground meat, it’s best to handle it as little as possible so that it doesn’t get tough. Also note that thicker patties will take longer to cook.


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September 22, 2017 at 6:21am

Paul Kriloff says:

I love this recipe! It develops so much flavor in such little time. I took some liberties - cilantro instead of mint and kofta kebab spices in the party (cinnamon, grated onion, Aleppo pepper), but the basic idea is intact. I love the quick pickling - adds so much.

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September 20, 2017 at 1:08am

Queen Foodie says:

I absolutely loved the flavor combinations. This recipe reminds me of the New York City style gyro my dad used to buy me as a kid. It's like a gyro in burger form. I will definitely be making these again.

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September 12, 2017 at 12:14am

Steve Failows says:

This recipe was a breeze - the cumin added a delicious, fragrant, tasty touch to the lamb patty - the coriander didn't come through as strong but complemented it all nicely. I threw together some yam fries on the side and used the left over tzatziki as a dip. I'll definitely make this again.