Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Lamb Burgers with Fennel-Cucumber Sauce - Winning Recipe 2012!

Two unique ingredients set this burger apart for me, the Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomatoes in the patties of course, and the lemon, which adds such a refreshing twist, pardon the pun, it enlivens...it excites...it wakes up your taste buds! Ever have lemon on a burger? Me neither. Please cook this recipe. It's also a good way how to see what makes the podium in our recipe contest. Then, please enter your own unique and sun dried tomatolicious recipe!

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp minced fresh garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Serves 6

Patties:

  • ¼ cup drained Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs, chopped
  • 2 tsp oil from jar of sun dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons regular oats
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • Olive oil, for brushing grill rack
  • 6 small whole wheat buns
  • 3 cups shredded iceburg lettuce
  • 6 thin slices ripe tomato

Directions

Sauce Instructions

  1. Combine Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until well mixed.  Taste and adjust seasonings, cover and refrigerate.

Lamb Burger Instructions

  1. Preheat a gas grill to medium high, or prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover.
  2. Combine sun dried tomatoes, oil from tomatoes, oats, onion, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; process to a smooth paste.
  3. Combine paste with lamb and feta in a large bowl.
  4. Stir until well mixed, taking care not to overwork.
  5. Gently form into 6 equal sized patties.
  6. Brush grill rack with oil. Grill patties with cover down about 4 minutes on each side or until done to preference.
  7. To assemble, place one pita bottom, cut size up, on each of 6 plates; top each with ½ cup of lettuce.
  8. 1 patty and 1 tomato slice. Spoon desired amount of sauce over each; add pita tops to form burgers.
  9. Serve immediately.
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