Greek Island Lamb Burgers with Grilled Feta

Last August we invited readers to send us their best recipe for our burger competition. We're pleased to announce the winner: Christopher Bakken, a poet and English professor in Pennsylvania. He created this juicy lamb burger when he lived in Greece and felt homesick for American food.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 2 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon minced mint leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups pitted oil-cured black Greek olives
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • One 10-ounce piece of firm feta cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 6 slices

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill. In a large bowl, combine the lamb with half of the garlic, the 1/2 teaspoon of oregano and the mint, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Mix gently and pat into 6 burgers. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the olives with the remaining minced garlic and process until coarsely chopped. Add the 1/4 cup of olive oil and process to a paste. Scrape the tapenade into a bowl and stir in the parsley.

  3. Brush the burgers with oil and grill them over a hot fire until medium-rare, 4 minutes per side. Carefully put the feta slices on the grill and grill just until hot, about 10 seconds per side. Sprinkle the feta with oregano and set each slice on a burger.

  4. Spread the tapenade on the rolls. Top with the burgers and the tomato slices. Close the sandwiches and serve.

Contributed By Published August 2005

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