I made these for dinner the other night and they were really good and easy (this is from someone who hates chopping and prepwork). Some changes I made: I didn't have access to a grill, so I cooked the burgers in a skillet on the stove and nuked the pitas wrapped in a paper towel for 10 seconds. Also, my Safeway only sells ground lamb in one lb packages, and it was just me eating so I had a little less of everything in the recipe (and leftovers). For the sauce, I used regular cucumber and no mint.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup plain yogurt, preferably whole milk yogurt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
1 small garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
1/2 small onion, minced (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
Salt and pepper
4 pita breads, (6-inch)
Iceberg lettuce, for serving
2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, sliced, for serving
Heat grill or grill pan to high.
Make tzatziki sauce: In a medium bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, mint and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Make burgers: In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine lamb, onion, parsley, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into 16 small patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Grill until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
To serve, warm pitas on the grill or directly over a gas burner, turning occasionally. Halve pitas, and fill with lettuce, burgers, tomato, and tzatziki.