Lamb Spanakopita Burgers with Tzatziki (THM S)

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I love Greek food. I think I must have some Greek in my background, because I just can’t get enough of their food.

I also love a good burger. You can make a burger however you want it – with bacon and eggs, with onion jam and barbecue sauce, with grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, or with tzatziki over salad. Endless possibilities!

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For the tzatziki sauce, I combined fat free Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, finely diced cucumbers, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Let it hang out in the fridge while the burgers cook so that the flavors have a chance to get to know one another.

For these burgers, I started with a base of ground lamb. If you’re hesitant to use lamb, can’t find lamb in your grocery store, or think it’s too expensive to use just use ground beef (or a mix of beef/pork, if you like).

In fact, by using different meat (with different fat content) you could make this an E or FP meal. As it is, if you used 96% or higher lean ground beef this would be a FP because there are no significant carbs in this meal. If you want to be in E territory, you could sandwich these babies between a sprouted bun (*Note that this is for a case of 6).

I seasoned the lamb with shallots, lemon zest, garlic, oregano, ground cinnamon, frozen cut leaf spinach, and feta cheese crumbles. Then I threw in one egg, and mixed it all up with my hands, formed a loaf in the bottom of my bowl, and scored it with my hand to make sure I got even patties.

When I form burger patties, I always make a little well in the center to keep them from puffing up in the middle when they cook. The center always puffs up to a normal height when cooking, so the burgers end up being even all the way around.

My favorite way to cook a burger is in a cast iron skillet. You get even cooking (with no burnt spots) and no sticking.

Cool the burgers slightly before putting them over your salad greens, otherwise your lettuce will get sad. Throw on some diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and  your cooked burger on top of your choice of salad greens, then slap some tzatziki on top.

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That’s what I call an easy, flavorful, and fresh meal.

Lamb Spanakopita Burgers (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2lbs ground lamb
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 c frozen cut leaf spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
  • 1/4 c feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until everything is mixed (being careful not to over mix).
  2. Form a loaf in the bottom of the bowl and score the meat with the back of your hand. Form patties with a small well in the center to prevent puffing.
  3. Place patties into a preheated cast iron skillet over medium heat, and cook to desired internal temperature, flipping only once.
  4. Remove from pan, cool, and top with tzatziki sauce.

Greek Tzatziki Sauce (THM FP)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c fat free Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 c finely diced seedless cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until serving time.

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