When I first started blogging my photos were ehm, putting it nicely, not so spectacular and the same goes for my recipes, very basic and not all that creative. But I grew a lot since my first blog more than 5 years ago so I figured it was time to remake some of my old recipes and change their flavours here and there. One of my favourite recipes that I created about 2 years ago was ‘Juicy lamb burger with marinated cucumber and honey mayonnaise dressing’ and I’ve now revamped it to Lamb burger pita with honey, mint & tzatziki mayonnaise and marinated cucumber.
I must say I got inspired by my Greek friends when I made this recipe, as they are always so full of life and kindness and are all genuine food-lovers so I wanted to make a Greek-inspired recipe for them.It’s easy & light with honest flavours and delicious ingredients. Just some flavourful meat with light veggies, an aromatic sauce and a simple pita bread.
My dearest Greek friend once said: “Give me a word, any word and I show you how the root of it is Greek.”. It’s most certainly the case for this recipe! The English word pita comes from the Modern Greek word πίτα, but that’s not all! Cumin has Greek roots too. The ancient Greeks kept cumin at the dining table in its own container (much as pepper is frequently kept today), and this practice continues in Morocco. The English word ‘cumin’ comes from the Latin cuminum, which is the Latinisation of the Greek κύμινον (kyminon).
The sauce and cucumbers are my tzatziki inspired as they are all part of Greek tzatziki, but I simply changed the yoghurt around for mayo, replaced lemon juice by lime juice and added some honey.It took me a long time to come up with a dressing for this burger but I felt like something sweet always goes well with lamb, which why I added honey. It’s a bit of a twist on original tzatziki, but I do hope my Greek friends will appreciate it!
Makes: 5 burgers
- 500g minced lamb
- Salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder or flakes (go for 2 if you’re into spicy food)
- 4 spring onions
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 4 burger buns
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 cucumbers
- 8 tablespoons of mayo
- 3 teaspoons of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 5 mint leaves, a few extra to serve
- optional: 1/2 tablespoon of fresh dill
- pepper and salt
First up is making your burgers: mix the mince, eggs, breadcrumbs, chili flakes and cumin. Add pepper and salt to taste along with the chopped spring onions. Knead the ingredients into 4 burgers and grill them in some olive oil. In the meanwhile you can get your dressing ready, put the buns in the oven and marinate the cucumbers.
The dressing is obviously very easy, just take a little bowl, cut your mint up (do the same for the dill if you decided to add some) and spoon all the ingredients together: honey, mayo, garlic powder and mint.
For the marinated cucumber, first remove the skin and then use a peeler and peel strips off the cucumber. Take out a little bowl, add the lime juice and simply let the strips marinated while you are grilling the burger.
Put the pita bread in a toaster or in the oven according to instructions. Drizzle the dressing on top of your burgers, add some strips of cucumber and finish off with just a few extra mint leaves.
And that’s it really, serve it with some salad or couscous, anything light and fresh will do, and you are good to go!