Grilled Kefta Burgers with Tzatziki, Grilled Halloumi, and Cucumber Salad

Grilled Kefta Burgers with Tzatziki, Grilled Halloumi, and Cucumber Salad
Created By Bob Yesbek

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Lamb and spices:
1 lb. freshly ground lamb
2 tbs Turkish oregano
1 tbs rosemary
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground celery seed
2 tsp Tellicherry black pepper
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp each of onion powder, garlic powder, ground spearmint and ground ginger
Thin lemon slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish
Block of Halloumi cheese sliced into 3/8” slices and coated in olive oil, cracked black pepper and a pinch of kosher salt.
For the tzatziki sauce:
4 oz. plain Greek yogurt
4 oz. sour cream
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped very fine (place chopped cucumber in cheesecloth and squeeze firmly to remove as much water as possible)
1 tbs dill
1.5 tbs dried mint flakes
Cracked black pepper
1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
½ lemon for juice
1 pinch kosher salt
For the Greek Village salad:
Cucumber, seeded, chopped into approx. ¼” cubes
½ red pepper, chopped into approx. ¼” squares
½ green pepper, chopped into approx. ¼” squares
½ small red onion, sliced thinly into crescents
2 radishes, cut in half then into crescents
2 tbs dried mint flakes
1 tbs cracked black pepper
Olive oil and red wine vinegar
Kosher salt to taste
Prepare the lamb and cheese: Thoroughly blend the ground lamb with the oregano, rosemary, cumin, celery, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powders, spearmint and ginger. Form into four patties about ½” thick and lightly coat with olive oil. Place the patties and the oiled/sliced Halloumi on a hot grill. After about 10 minutes, readjust Halloumi on the grill by 45 degrees to make crisscross grill marks, Turn and repeat. When the lamb beings to crisp slightly, turn and sear to an internal temperature of about 150 degrees. Remove and allow the patties to rest for about 10 minutes. Grill the sesame seed rolls to a medium crisp, with grill marks. 

Prepare the tzatziki: Mix all the listed ingredients together, adding fresh lemon juice to taste.

Prepare the salad: Combine all the ingredients. Lightly sprinkle with vinegar and oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until needed. 

Service: Place the lamb patties on the rolls and top generously with tzatziki. Place the salad partially atop the grilled Halloumi slices and garnish with thin lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.