Lamb Burgers With Minted Yoghurt Sauce -Yaourtlou Kebap

These delicious Middle Eastern  lamb burgers are a creative alternative to hamburgers, certain to please even the most gourmet palates.

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For the yoghurt sauce
12 ounces plain yoghurt
2 small garlic cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs shredded fresh mint leaves - or to taste

For burgers
2 lb ground lamb
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives - 12 to 15
6 small pita loaves
2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
2 small green bell peppers, cut in rings
1 red onion,sliced thin
some sumac to decorate the yoghurt


Prepare grill and oil rack. Set grill 5-6 inches from charcoals.

  • Chop olives
  • Slice tomatoes
  • Cut peppers into rings
  • Slice onion thin

1.  In a bowl gently combine the lamb, feta and olives.

2.  Form into 6 oval patties about 1" thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3.  Grill for about 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Yoghurt sauce:

  • Mince and mash the garlic with the salt.
  • Shred mint leaves
  • Drain yoghurt in a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel set over a bowl for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and combine with the garlic and mint.

4.  Split pitas to form a pocket.

5.  Transfer burgers to pita pockets and top with tomatoes, bell peppers and onion. Serve burgers with yogurt sauce and sumac on the top.


You may substitute beef, but the taste will not be the same
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