I made these just the other night (DH and I both really like lamb). My local market didn't have any lamb, so I went to Whole Foods. There wasn't any ground lamb, so I asked the butcher to grind it for me. Next time, I will request a finer grind. He made them a little chunkier than I like. Also, when I made these, I just cooked the sliders in a frying pan with a tiny bit of olive oil. Since we just moved, the grill wasn't set up yet and we don't have a grill pan for the stove. They were still delicious.
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cloves minced garlic
½ of a hothouse cucumber, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp chopped parsley
1 tsp chopped dill
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
The original recipe called for fresh mint in the sauce instead of dill. I’m not a big fan of fresh mint because the smell can be overpowering sometimes, but in small quantities it can be really tasty. Use what flavors you prefer.
1 lb ground lamb
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 small shallot, finely diced
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp salt
Mix all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and set aside.
For the sliders, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. I found it was easiest to mix with my hands (I wore gloves). Form into small patties. Make them a little bit larger than the buns you have as they will shrink a bit when cooking. This recipe makes between 6 to 8 sliders. Cook for about 3 minutes per side in a grill pan or on the grill.
Assemble with your slider buns or small pieces of pita, slices of tomato and thinly sliced onion. It also tastes great with caramelized onions.