These crispy lamb burgers covered with rich tzatziki, refreshing mint, sweet roasted tomatoes, and spicy red onions on a toasted ciabatta bun will make your next BBQ so much better. Want more options? If you're a cheese lover, try adding salty feta cheese or crumbled ricotta salata. Don't want to eat all that bread? Try stuffing miniature whole wheat pitas for a healthy twist.
1. Begin by forming your lamb patties. I always recommend making burgers using the smash method - which involves forming your burger into a sphere, touching it as little as possible to avoid over working, and then seasoning the exterior of the meat. You can either cook it on a cast iron skillet (which is what I did for this recipe) or you can cook it on the grill. Either way, get the heat source blazing hot, add your burger sphere, let it cook for a few minutes until the bottom becomes crispy and cooked about half way up the meat.
At this point, flip the burger gently, and then brown the other side for a minute or two. Next, you'll want to take a spatula and smush the burger. The grilled bits will help the burger stay together and will taste amazing. Continue cooking until the meat is cooked through and set aside to let it rest.
2. Toast your bun - do this either directly on the grill, in a toaster, or using a broiler. Once the bun is crispy and warm, smear half the tzatziki onto both halves. On the bottom half, add the lamb burger, then the roasted tomatoes, then the red onion, and the mint. Serve immediately.