My Big Fat Greek Hamburgers

This recipe was inspired by one of the television cooking shows, I forgot which one. Of course it's not really an authentic Greek recipe, but it has many Greek ingredients and it's delicious!


8 oz. plain yogurt
½ C. cucumber, minced
4 green onions, minced
1 t. sugar
½ t. salt


2 lbs. ground lamb
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. sea salt (or regular)
½ t. ground pepper
1 T. ground cumin
oil for cooking if using skillet

4 hamburger buns or pitas
½ head Romaine lettuce, chopped medium

Serves 4.

Combine the yogurt, cucumber, green onions, sugar, and salt. (A food processor will help, but is not required.) Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Combine the lamb, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cumin. Divide into 4 portions and flatten slightly larger than the diameter that you expect to fit on the buns or in the pitas. The patties will shrink upon cooking. Preheat hamburger buns or pitas. Grill patties on barbecue until browned, turning several times to allow the greases to cook out, or use a skillet with the oil, and mop up excess grease with paper towels as you cook them. Serve the patties on hamburger buns, topping them with the sauce then the lettuce, and cut them in halves for easier eating.

Or . . .

Cut the pitas and patties both in halves, insert patties into pitas, tuck in the chopped lettuce, and then top them with sauce.

Next time I cook this, I'm going to try chopped mint in the patties. :-)

Credit: Inspired by a television cooking show.

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