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Grilled Lamb Patties

Ground lamb is marinated with white wine, formed into patties and grilled. Top with feta yogurt dip and serve over a bed of leafy greens.

  • Total Time: 8 hours 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


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  • For Lamb Patties:
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 23 large cloves garlic
  • 22 1/2 lbs. ground lamb (I like locally raised, grass fed lamb, free of hormones and antibiotics)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (14 Hands Hot To Trot)
  • 1/4 cup or more mixed fresh herbs–thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano
  • 2 tsp. coarse salt (use a little less if using table salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • For Feta-Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • a few tablespoons of fresh marjoram, oregano and mint leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • a little olive oil
  • For serving:
  • Fresh organic salad greens
  • slices of fresh cucumber


  1. For Lamb Patties – Heat a small skillet over medium high heat and add the butter. When foaming subsides, add the onion and garlic and cook until it softens and starts to turn lightly golden. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the ground lamb in a large bowl. Add the cooled onion/garlic mixture, white wine, herbs, salt and pepper. Mix gently. Cover and refrigerate overnight or several hours for flavors to meld.
  3. The next day, shape the meat into patties. We made about 4-5″ patties that were about 3/4″ thick. (About a dozen patties.)
  4. To cook on a grill, prepare it for direct grilling. It should be very hot. Cook the patties over the direct heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or less time if you’ve made smaller patties. It may take longer if the grill isn’t very hot. Transfer to a clean plate and keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. To cook on the stove top, heat a cast-iron skillet (or non-stick skillet) over medium-high heat. Cook the patties on each side until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  6. For Feta-Yogurt Sauce: Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until combined, but not pureed. Chill until ready to use. Makes about 3/4 cup.
  7. To serve: Place the grilled patties on the bed of greens on a serving platter. Serve each patty with some of the greens and a spoonful of the feta-yogurt sauce and a few slices of cucumber.
  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Greek