Greek Style Lamb Patties with Homemade Tzatziki and Onion Rings

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I absolutely love Greek food and definitely don’t make it enough. Tzatziki is so so easy but very effective; I could happily just dunk some pitta into it but it’s also a great addition to any meat. I tend to make burgers with beef but lamb is also great to use. I have to admit that I hadn’t even thought to buy lamb mince before as I thought it was pricey but I found it at quite a reasonable price. This is the first time I’d ever made onion rings and was really impressed, it’s nice to have something different to potatoes as a side. After trying the patties I think cumin would have gone really nicely in them to just add a little bit of warmth. I love making patties/burgers/meatballs from scratch as you can flavour them with whatever herbs and/or spices you like. Adding small bits of cheese is also a nice addition to the mixture, in this case I used feta, to go with the Greek theme.
Emily

Serves 4 

Ingredients
Patties
500g lamb mince
30g feta
30g dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp ground cumin
salt and black pepper
Vegetable oil

Onion Rings
1 large red onion
1 egg, beaten
40g flour
40g dried breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
Vegetable oil

Tzatziki
250g Greek yoghurt

1/4 cucumber
2 sprigs fresh mint
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to season

Lettuce
2 large tomatoes
4 pitta breads

1. To make the patty mixture- mix the lamb mince in a large bowl with the egg, breadcrumbs, oregano, cumin, pepper and salt. Chop the feta into small pieces then add to the mixture and combine well.IMG_1454

2. Shape the mixture into small round patties (like mini burgers). The flatter the patties, the less time they will take to cook.

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3. Place the patties in the fridge to chill. Meanwhile make the Tzatziki by mixing the Greek Yoghurt, and finely chopped garlic and mint. Cut the cucumber into small chunks and add to the bowl then pour in the olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and black pepper. Combine the mixture well and refrigerate. (The longer you leave the mixture, the more intense the flavour)


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4. Whilst the patties and tzatziki are chilling, chop the onion into rings and place the flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), egg (beaten) and breadcrumbs into separate bowls.

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5. Fill a medium sized frying pan with about an inch of vegetable oil and heat. Dip the rings one at a time in the flour, egg then breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown.

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6. Heat another frying pan with a little oil in and then cook the patties. (Here is where it’s really handy to have a helper!)

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7. When the patties and onion rings are all done, pat them off with some kitchen towel to get rid of the excess grease.
8. Gently warm the pitta breads and fill with the patties, tzatziki and salad.


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