Lamb Burgers with Spicy Tzatziki Sauce

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Enjoy Chateau Montelena's spring red releases with Mediterranean-inspired lamb burgers and spicy tzatziki sauce. Pair with a glass of Chateau Montelena 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or 2011 Montelena Estate Zinfandel!

Lamb Burger
serves about 4

  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + more for brushing
  • 4 ciabatta rolls/ hamburger buns/ whole wheat pitas
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • Nick's Spicy Tzatziki Sauce (recipe below)
Combine first 7 ingredients and half of olive oil in a mixing bowl, incorporating well. Next divide the mixture into four even balls, then shape into patties about 3/4 inch thick. Cook on grill over medium heat, roughly 4 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Turn grill to medium low. Brush sliced bun option with olive oil and grill until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Top bun with burger, spinach, and onion.  

Spicy Tzatziki Sauce
makes about 2.5 cups

  • 2 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and small diced
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 package (1/4 bunch) of fresh dill
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Harissa, depending on how hot you like it!

Place all ingredients in food processor or blender, puree until fully incorporated. Use as a condiment with a lamb burger, falafel or anything else!


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