Grilled Lamb Sliders

Whether Easter has religious significance, tradition family memories, or you just have an affinity for chocolate eggs and bunnies – it offers the first quasi-holiday of the spring to prime the grill and shows off your BBQ prowess.  Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your backyard feast with Grilled Lamb Sliders.  Featuring Greek-inspired ingredients and spices, and a refreshing yogurt sauce to complement the heat, these sliders are a one-handed flavor bomb perfect for relaxing in the warmth of the sun.

Begin by making the yogurt sauce by mixing freshly grated cucumber, cool Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil with aromatic minced garlic, dill, and mint. For the sliders, mix minced green onions, garlic, and ground lamb with curry powder, honey, allspice, cayenne, and feta.  The spices and feta will bring extra seasoning and fat to the lean and sometimes gamey lamb. Grill patties over medium-high heat for just minutes per side and then assemble on a toasted bun with yogurt sauce and cucumber slices.  Balanced with salt from the feta, heat from the cayenne pepper and curry powder, freshness from the herbs and citrus of the yogurt sauce, these little sandwiches pack in an abundance of flavor in the palm of your hand.  Whatever your plan for Easter Sunday this year, these Grilled Lamb Sliders will elevate your menu and leave time for Easter egg hunts, gift baskets, and family pictures.

Makes 8 sliders

Grilled Lamb Sliders Ingredients

  • 1lb lamb
  • 3 green onions minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4-ounces feta
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced for garnish
  • 1 bag of rolls for buns

Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cucumber peeled, deseeded and grated
  • 1/2 cup greek style yogurt
  • 1/2 clove garlic minced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 1/2 tbsp mint

Grilled Lamb Sliders Directions

  1. Your lamb sliders are going to cook pretty quickly on the grill so it’s probably a good idea to crank out the cucumber sauce first. The cucumber yogurt sauce is a staple item in the Middle East and varies from country to country on the type of herbs and spices used and has a few names. Most people think of the Greek version called tzatziki but this version may be closer to the Turkish variety which calls for mint and dill.
  2. Cut your cucumber in half, reserving the unused portion for garnish. Peel and deseed your cucumber half and then grate it into mushy goodness (trust me on that one). Squeeze out the excess water and pat dry with a paper towel. Finely chop fresh dill and mint and mince the garlic. In a medium-size bowl combine yogurt and all yogurt sauce ingredients and mix well.
  3. Mince green onions and garlic. In a large size mixing bowl, combine all the burger ingredients. Gently mix until feta cheese and spice is evenly distributed throughout. Scoop out enough to make a slider (roughly 1/8 of mixture) and form into a ball. Gently compress balls into patties and firm up the edges to ensure they stay together on the grill.
  4. Grill sliders on medium-high heat roughly 3-4 minutes per side. Remember these are sliders. If you are making larger/thicker patties for full-sized burgers your cooking time will be closer to 6 minutes per side. Remove from grill and cover with aluminum foil while you get ready to assemble.
  5. Cut your remaining cucumber half into 1/8 inch thick slices, making sure you have at least one for each slider. Place grilled lamb patty on the bottom portion of bun. Spoon cucumber sauce onto the top portion of the bun and place a cucumber slice on top. Slap the buns together and get ready for deliciousness.

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