Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 9 mins

My husband fancies himself as king of the grill. He makes these delicious and spicy lamb burgers and they are always a hit with our friends and family.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add all the seasoning mix ingredients to a dry heavy sauce or saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir for approximately 1 minute or until fragrant; remove from heat source.
  3. In a big mixing bowl, add the lamb, seasoning mix, and 3 tablespoons cold water.
  4. Gently mix together with your hands (don't overwork the meat).
  5. Wet your hands and shape mixture into 4 patties, approximately 3/4 inch thick each.
  6. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill.
  7. Right before you are ready to grill: whisk together the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  8. Lighty spray or brush the patties with olive oil.
  9. Grill over medium direct heat for 7-9 minutes (medium-doneness), turn once half-way through gill time.
  10. Place lamb patties inside pita pockets and add a large spoonful of yogurt sauce.
  11. Slip in a little lettuce and tomato and serve.


Most Helpful

I used a lamb roast to make souvlaki last night and added your seasoning mix to the lamb strips. I cut the salt in half, omitted the cinnamon and saffron, and added 1 teaspoon chili powder. The resulting mix tasted exactly like the spices on the chicken shawarma wraps from one of my favorite restaurants, Jerusalem Gardens in Ann Arbor, MI. Delicious!

A Messy Cook January 11, 2008

I enjoyed this. It is like a middle eastern gyro. I used two blade cuts, trimmed the fat and ground them up in the food processor (they were on sale.) I didn't form the patties, but just let the meat be loose. I did add cucumber to the sauce.

tara portee June 25, 2006

Can I just say that everyone is sleeping on this recipe. I totally shocked my husband at dinnertime. Definitely a keeper, I used naan bread instead and cucumbers and onions. I will try pita next time. Thank you!

foodmama May 30, 2006

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