Lebanese 7 Spice Lamb Sliders with Yogurt

The Stuff:


  • ½ cup plain whole-milk strained Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Lamb Patties

  • 1 ½ pounds ground lamb
  • ¾ cup finely chopped toasted pine nuts (from 1 cup pine nuts) (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons Never Not Eating 7 Spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated (about 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

The Method:

Make the sauce:

  1. Whisk together yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl until combined; set aside.
Make the lamb patties:
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F).
  2. Place lamb in a large bowl. Add pine nuts, za'atar, salt, garlic, and pepper; mix with your hands until well combined.
  3. Divide mixture evenly into 8 (31/2-ounce) portions; shape each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
  4. Arrange patties on oiled grates; grill, covered, until well marked and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of meat registers 125°F, 3 to 4 minutes per side, brushing patties evenly with pomegranate molasses during final 1 to 2 minutes of grill time.
  5. Transfer cooked patties to a large platter and serve immediately.   


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