Herbed Lamb and Feta Burgers

herbed_lamb_feta_burgersMakes 6 Servings
Hands-On Time: 25 Minutes
Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

1 medium onion
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 cooked lamb chop portions (reserved from
Grilled Lamb Chops with Steak Butter)
2 T fresh oregano or basil leaves
4 oz feta cheese
1 large egg
3/4 c plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper

Suggested Accompaniments

Cucumber and tomato salad
Tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt salad)

1. Chop the onion (about 1 cup). Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium-low; add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until it has softened. Transfer the onion to a small bowl and set it aside to cool slightly. Reserve the skillet.
2. Meanwhile, cut the lamb off the bone, discarding the bone, and cut the meat into 1-inch pieces. Transfer the pieces to a food processor fitted with the chopping blade; add the oregano and pulse 6 to 8 times until the meat is chopped into mediumfine pieces.
3. Finely crumble the feta (about 1 cup). Beat the egg lightly in a medium bowl; stir in the lamb mixture, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, the onion, cheese, and pepper, Shape the mixture into 6 burgers. The burgers will be soft and a little wet.
4. Spread out the remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs in a pie plate or soup plate. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in the reserved large skillet over medium heat until hot. Gently dip the burgers into the bread crumbs to coat them lightly on all sides; shake off any excess crumbs. Add the burgers to the
skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden and heated through. Serve right away.

Cook’s Notes
My absolutely favorite tool, next to my chef’s knife, is a bench scraper. A bench scraper is a tool designed to scrape up dough from the counter when you are making pastry or bread. One day after I had chopped a bunch of vegetables and attempted to transport them to a pot on a burner, by shoveling them on to the side of my knife, leaving a trail of vegetables from the cutting board to the stove, I thought, there has got to be a better way. Well a metal bench scraper is the answer. Many kitchenware stores carry them (and they are cheap – good stocking present!)

You can use any leftover piece of cooked protein to make these burgers – chicken, steaks, boneless pork chops, even shrimp – so the next time you are making dinner, cook a little extra protein (you will need 12 ounces or three quarters of a pound for this recipe)


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EZRA’S Family has been producing Feta cheese in the Mediterranean region for more than 100 years. The recipes have been passed from generation to generation. This is the first time we introduce an authentic Mediterranean Feta cheese produced in the USA to the US consumers. Ezra’s Feta is creamy and smooth with a very authentic flavor. Unlike the traditional style feta which is very crumbly and in many cases sold as crumbled Feta, EZRA’S Feta is sold as chunks, sliced cubes that can be used in salads, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, baking, cooking and many other options. EZRA’S Feta is also available as a lite Feta with only 1.5g of fat per oz, but with all of the flavors and creaminess like the original. EZRA’S Feta is sold in a “Stay Fresh Cup” with brine to maintain freshness and flavors. The cheese is kept in a small basket in the brine that can be lifted and hung on top of the cup, out of the brine for convenient use. When finished enjoying the Feta you can lower it back into the brine to maintain freshness at all times.

Thanks to

Fairway for donating all the food | Chantal for the cookware | Le Creuset for the Dutch ovens | Wustoff for the knives | Boos for the cutting boards | Kitchen Aid for the appliances | Oxo for the small kitchen tools |

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