Greek recipes for your next cookout | Chef Dez

By Chef Dez | Jun 16, 2014
Courtesy of: Chef Dez Try Chef Dez's personal recipe for Greek Lamb Burgers.

Outdoor cooking is one of the best ways to embrace and celebrate the warmer temperatures now coming upon us.

Greek cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, and this personal recipe of mine for Greek Burgers is sure to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Feel free to replace the lamb with beef, if you're not a lamb lover – but I personally love the flavor of lamb in this recipe.

Fresh herbs are a must – this is not a recipe for utilizing your spice rack.

Happy cooking!


Greek Lamb Burgers

By Chef Dez


1 lb lean ground lamb (or lean ground beef)

1 large egg

7 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste

3 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled fine


Mix all ingredients in a bowl and divide equally into four portions. Shape each portion into a burger patty.

On a preheated barbecue, grill the burgers over medium heat until cooked through or alternatively in a preheated pan over medium heat. About 4 to 5 minutes per side but an instant read thermometer is the way to go: 160 degrees F.

Serve with Tzatziki, lettuce and optional tomato on your favourite burger buns.

Makes four burgers.


Greek Tzatziki

By Chef Dez


1/2 long English cucumber, grated

1 c plain yogurt

2 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill

1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to season


Do not peel the cucumbers, as the skin adds a lot of color. Put grated cucumbers in a clean towel or cheesecloth and squeeze to remove moisture.

Place drained cucumbers in a bowl, and add all the other ingredients; stir to combine.

Chef Dez is a food columnist, culinary instructor and cookbook author. Visit him at Write to him at or P.O. Box 2674, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4.

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