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Grilled Lamb Burgers with Marinated Red Onions, Dill, and Feta

Servings: 4

When you tire of the basic burger, this Mediterranean-inspired version is just the ticket. The quick-pickled red onions add dimension and are a great addition to the cucumber, tomato, and feta. To keep with the Greek theme, serve the burgers in warm pita bread, though whole-wheat hamburger buns would work, too.

This recipe is excerpted from Big Buy Cooking.

For tips on grilling the perfect burger, check out the Guide to Grilling.


  • 1-1/4 lb. ground lamb
  • 2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced and mashed to a paste
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 oz. feta, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 8)
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbs. red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed
  • 4 thin slices tomato
  • 8 thin slices English cucumber


  • Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire. Clean and oil the grill grates. Gently mix the lamb with the paprika, oregano, garlic, and 1 tsp. salt. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  • On a large plate, lay out the slices of feta and sprinkle with the olive oil and 1 Tbs. of the dill. In a small bowl, toss the onion with the vinegar, sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and the remaining 1 Tbs. dill, and let sit for10 to 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Grill the burgers on one side until they have good grill marks, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until it has good grill marks, too, and the burgers are just light pink inside (make a nick with a paring knife), about 5 minutes for medium doneness.
  • Serve the burgers in the warmed pita with the feta, tomato, cucumber, and a heaping teaspoon of pickled onions.

For a flavorful and colorful side, serve with Roasted Romanos and Tomatoes with Tapenade.


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  • choffman | 09/09/2018

    “I could eat this again and again and again.” This is a direct quote from my spouse. If you make this, make sure you get high quality, relatively thick pita bread to hold up against all the luscious lamb jus. Don’t skimp on the pickled onions, as their flavor and texture offset the lamb beautifully. Easy recipe with fantastic results!

  • steff123 | 01/08/2015

    Delicious! And I grilled them in a grill pan on the stovetop. The quick red onion pickly stuff is great on its own! Even my kids like these burgers!

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