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Mediterranean Lamb Burger With Tapenade Mayo, Arugula, and Feta

Ok, so this Mediterranean Lamb Burger With Tapenade Mayo, Arugula, and Feta recipe isn’t the most classic All-American burger but they’re tasty as can be. And, while they didn’t make up for missing the 4th of July, they made for one very satisfying homecoming.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A week of nonstop travel and phenomenal food in Italy and you’d think I’d be done in.

Key phrase? You’d think. Wanna know the truth? What I was craving the minute I returned stateside was a burger. A grilled, juicy homemade burger and preferably messy as hell.

So, not even a day back in Los Angeles and I got out the grill to cook up these bad boys. But I’m not talking an all-American burger. I had just returned from Europe, so these are lamb burgers with a Mediterranean slant. The lamb patties are loaded with all sorts of spices and herbs, placed on the grill for a few minutes, then served garnished with a homemade tapenade mayo, red onions, cucumbers, arugula, and crumbled feta. They are the most satisfying for any situation.

Recipe Ingredients

These are the ingredients that you’ll need to make this recipe:

For The Olive Tapenade Mayonnaise:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Tapenade

For The Lamb Burger Patties:

  • Ground lamb
  • Fresh oregano l
  • Garlic 
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Egg 
  • Vegetable oil

For Serving:

  • Burger buns
  • Red onion
  • Baby arugula
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Persian cucumbers

How To Make This Recipe

These are the instructions that you’ll have to follow to make this recipe:

  1. Make The Olive Tapenade Mayonnaise: Place the mayonnaise and tapenade or olives in a medium bowl and mix to incorporate.
  2. Make The Burger Patties: Combine the lamb, oregano, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl and, using your clean hands, mix until just combined. Split the meat into 4 equal portions and shape each piece into a patty that is 1/2-inch-thick and roughly 1/2-inch wider than the burger buns.
  3. Using your thumb, make a 1-inch-wide indentation in the center of each patty in order to help the burgers cook more evenly. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high.
    When the grill is ready, use tongs to rub the grate with several layers of paper towels soaked in vegetable oil.
  4. Grill The Burgers: Place the patties on the grill indentation-side up, close the grill, and cook, making sure you do not press down on the patties, until grill marks appear on the bottom.
    Flip each patty and cook with grill closed until the patties are firm to the touch. Remove to a clean plate and let rest in a warm place for a few minutes.
  5. Serve The Burgers: Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise on each top and bottom bun. Divide red onions and cucumber slices amongst burger roll bottoms, top with a patty, then garnish each with arugula and feta. Top with the bun and serve immediately.

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Mediterranean Lamb Burger With Tapenade Mayo, Arugula, and Feta Recipe

Mediterranean Lamb Burger With Tapenade Mayo, Arugula, and Feta Recipe

Yes, we love a good juicy hamburger but to us, there's nothing quite like a lamb burger. Here is our Mediterranean Lamb Burger With Tapenade Mayo, Arugula, and Feta recipe for a super simple burger topped with feta, spicy arugula, and an olive mayo!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Burgers
Calories 661 kcal

Ingredients
  

For The Olive Tapenade Mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 cup good-quality mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tapenade

For The Lamb Burger Patties:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic grated
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg ligthly beaten
  • Vegetable oil for grilling

For Serving:

  • 4 burger buns halved and toasted
  • 1/2 red onion sliced into 4 rings
  • Handful baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Persian cucumbers thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Make The Olive Tapenade Mayonnaise: Place the mayonnaise and tapenade or olives in a medium bowl and mix to incorporate.
  • Make The Burger Patties: Combine the lamb, oregano, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl and, using your clean hands, mix until just combined. Split the meat into 4 equal portions and shape each piece into a patty that is 1/2-inch-thick and roughly 1/2-inch wider than the burger buns.
  • Using your thumb, make a 1-inch-wide indentation in the center of each patty in order to help the burgers cook more evenly. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high (about 450°F to 550°F).
    When the grill is ready, use tongs to rub the grate with several layers of paper towels soaked in vegetable oil.
  • Grill The Burgers: Place the patties on the grill indentation-side up, close the grill, and cook, making sure you do not press down on the patties, until grill marks appear on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
    Flip each patty and cook with grill closed until the patties are firm to the touch, about 3 more minutes. Remove to a clean plate and let rest in a warm place for a few minutes.
  • Serve The Burgers: Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise on each top and bottom bun (you may have some mayo leftover). Divide red onions and cucumber slices amongst burger roll bottoms, top with a patty, then garnish each with arugula and feta. Top with the bun and serve immediately.

PERSONAL NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1 burgerCalories: 661kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 36gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 1312mgPotassium: 550mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 5mg
Keyword cheeseburger, Lamb burger, Mediterranean burger
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