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

Overview

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!

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!

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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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