On our last trip to Washington D.C. we fell in love with the Tzatziki sauce at Jose Andres’ Zaytina restaurant. We love to make it in the spring and summer as it is light, zesty and a great addition to so many meals. One of our favorite ways to use it is with our homemade lamb burgers. We generally grind our own lamb, but in this case we found some pre-ground and bought it for the ease.
The burgers are very easy to make and can be made ahead of time and popped in the fridge to be cooked off later in the day. We began by mixing the meat with 1/4 of a diced red onion, 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill, a good handful of breadcrumbs and salt and pepper. We always save our day old bread and toss it in the blender to have breadcrumbs on hand. It is a great use for bread that might have otherwise gone to waste. The burgers were formed and, in our case, set in the fridge until we were ready to cook them.
We served these on pretzel buns with a thick layer of our favorite Tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is a simple sauce consisting of Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers and dill. The flavor improves when it has time to sit. We always season with a bit of salt and pepper at the end. To make these burgers a little more special we also sautéed some zucchini to add on top.
Since we so often have hamburgers, using lamb is a great way to mix things up. Give them a try and let us know what you think!