Lamb Sliders With Creamy Yogurt Sauce

Tzatziki and Grilled Pitta Bread
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  • 36 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 6 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 sliders (8-10 servings)
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When sliders burst onto restaurant menus, they were generally hamburgers in the usual style, just a lot smaller -- a welcome choice since restaurant burgers have gotten so big you usually need a box at the end of the meal. These sliders, usually served in twos or threes, let you control portions while still getting that burger fix.

After burger sliders hit the A-list, restaurants and diners expanded their options, with barbecued beef or pork, grilled chicken, barbecued chicken, chicken salad, tuna salad, ham and cheese...just about anything that could be a regular-size sandwich. 

Sliders are simple to make at home: All you need are regular sandwich ingredients and small-size buns. Dinner rolls, dollar rolls or mini-hamburger buns all do the trick. 

Lamb sliders are an offbeat choice, made more so by yogurt sauce. This lamb sliders recipe is adapted from the "Sunday Night Football Cookbook" and would make an original snack for your next pigskin party. Lamb sliders with a bright, creamy cucumber-yogurt sauce take the idea to an offbeat level. If you are serving lamb sliders at a party, make some regular hamburger sliders for those in the crowd who aren't lamb-lovers, just to keep everyone happy.
 

What You'll Need

  • Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons cucumber (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh and chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Lamb Burgers:
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 5 ounces ground pork fat (or regular ground pork)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 to 10 small rolls (mini sandwich rolls or small dinner rolls work great)

How to Make It

Make the Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Greek-style yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, cucumber, 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, pepper and salt. Refrigerate until needed.

Make the Lamb Burgers

  1. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, pork fat, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons cracked pepper.
  2. Form the mixture into 8 to 10 small, thin patties.
  3. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over high heat and brush with the olive oil. Add the lamb burgers and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side for medium.
  1. Lightly toast the rolls on the griddle, then sandwich a lamb burger in each and spread with the tzatziki sauce. Serve immediately.

Accompaniments

If you're serving lamb sliders at a football watch party, the rest of your typical buffet treats make for good sides. If you're serving the sliders as a meal, one of the usual suspects rounds out the menu: pasta salad, potato salad, chips or french fries. If you are looking for a totally healthy choice, go for a salad of greens like Greek salad, which includes cucumber, a nice nod to the tzatziki sauce on the sliders.