One of our favourite dishes to order in a Greek Taverna when I was living there were the lamb burgers, sometimes called biftekia on the menus. To relive those warm sunny al fresco lunches in Athens, I made some recently with some organic Welsh Lamb.
Why Welsh Lamb? Prince William recently slipped that his favourite snack was a Welsh Lamb burger and his favourite recipe can be found here. Welsh Lamb has PGI status (protected Geographical Indication) which means that you can be assured about the quality. All the animals are born in Wales, reared on traditional farming methods and roam the Welsh hills freely.
Here is a recipe for making the lamb burgers at home. It is not like the Royal Welsh Lamb Burger but it is just as tasty. You can add some wow to your BBQ parties with this quick and tasty lamb burger recipe. Dress it up in your own style. I served mine with some zingy tzatziki and some salad in little pitta breads.
First of all, you need to get some nice lamb, preferably from a good source. I used some organic Welsh Lamb from the organic farm, Rhug Estate. All the details are in the recipe below.
Greek Style Lamb Burgers using Welsh Lamb
- For the burgers
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 kg welsh lamb mince
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 tbsp of oregano
- a handful of chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- some pitta bread
- home made tzatziki with full fat yoghurt
- a bowl of greek salad
- some iceburg lettuce sliced
- Chop the onions, crush the garlic, chop the parsley.
- Add to the lamb and mix in well with your hands.
- To make the patties, take one big tablespoon of meat and roll into a ball. Then lightly flatten to make a patty shape.
- Heat a barbecue or grill and cook for about 8-10 mins, turning frequently, until cooked to your liking. Alternatively, you can cook it in a hot pan with a bit of rapeseed oil on the pan to prevent sticking.
- To serve, heat up some pita bread in the toaster. (Note:All shop bought pitta bread needs furhter cooking and should not be eaten straight from the pack.)
- Split open the bread, spread with a generous dollop of tzatziki, then add the burgers and some salad. Squeeze some lemon juice over this before you serve. You could always get your guests to make up their own.
- Of course, I always have some hot sauce on the side for those who want to spice it up a bit.
You can make these into lamb meatballs (biftekia) too if you prefer. Serve that with some slow cooked tomato sauce.