These Greek Salad Bowls with Spiced Lamb Burgers are full of bold flavors, such as feta cheese, Kalamata olives, garlicky yogurt dressing, and spiced lamb burgers!
I’ve been to visit Mike at work at the Pentagon a couple times now.
As cool as it is to get a private tour of the DOD’s HQ from my hubby, my favorite part is always lunch.
There’s this place that has what I think might be my favorite gyro salad ever. Double meat, triple onion, and lots of tzatziki is just how I like it, and the lady making my salad never as much as bats an eye when I order. Either she’s just a really patient person or I’m the least of the freakishly strange orders she gets.
I found myself craving that salad the other day, and my Greek Salad Bowls with Spiced Lamb Burgers happened. These salad bowls are full of bold flavors and different textures to keep it exciting. The lamb burgers are a wink and a nod to gyros, but if lamb isn’t your thing, ground beef will work fine too. The dressing I use is yogurt-based but different from tzatziki sauce; go with tzatziki if you want, or just do a lemon juice/olive oil mix to keep it simple.
You can add a grain to the bowl if you like (brown rice or quinoa would be yummy), but I kept it low-carb with just the veggies. For a paleo version, omit the feta and yogurt-based dressing and use your favorite paleo salad dressing (or oil/vinegar combo) instead.
Greek Salad Bowls with Spiced Lamb Burgers
Ingredients in Greek Salad Bowls
There are a few different components that go into Greek Salad Bowls, but they’re all pretty easy to make. I start with a salad base with things like lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, etc. I add a few bold-flavored ingredients, like Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese.
The next component is the salad dressing! For these Greek Salad Bowls, I whipped up a quick homemade tangy yogurt-based garlic and oregano dressing. You probably already have most of the ingredients for this dressing on hand; however, to save time you could always pick up your favorite store-bought tzatziki sauce or just dress this salad with oil and vinegar.
The last component of Greek Salad Bowls is the protein. Here I went with spiced lamb burgers, which I’ll talk about in a little bit, but grilled chicken would also be wonderful.
How to Make Greek Salad Bowls
To assemble these salads, I arrange the lettuce and other vegetables in a bowl or on a platter. Top with the spiced lamb burgers (or any protein you want), and serve with your dressing of choice.
Spiced Lamb Burgers
What Spices Go With Lamb Burgers?
I used a combination of herbs, spices, and aromatics to season and flavor these lamb burgers. The spices include salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. The herbs and aromatics are onion, parsley, garlic, and oregano.
How Do You Make Lamb Burgers?
Lamb burgers are very easy to make! One of the best things about lamb burgers is that like any kind of burger, you can make them on the grill, in the oven, or on the stovetop.
More Greek-Inspired Recipes:
- Spanakopita Turkey Burgers with Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from An Edible Mosaic
- Greek Chicken Gyros from Modern Honey
- Spicy Greek Feta Dip from Gimme Some Oven
- One Pan Greek Baked Chicken Dinner from An Edible Mosaic
Greek Salad Bowls with Spiced Lamb Burgers
Spiced Lamb Burgers:
- 8 cups spring mix or chopped Romaine
- 1 English cucumber sliced
- 1 red bell pepper cored and sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
For the burgers, use your hands to combine all ingredients in a large bowl, being careful not to over-mix. Divide the meat into 4 portions and shape each into a patty. Grill, bake, or fry until fully cooked; cool slightly and then thinly slice.
Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and refrigerate until using.
To serve, divide the spring mix between 4 bowls. Arrange the cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, red onion, olives, feta, and sliced burgers on top of the spring mix. Drizzle the dressing on top and serve.
Net Carbs: 11g per serving
Paleo-Friendly: Omit the feta and yogurt-based dressing and use your favorite paleo salad dressing (or oil/vinegar combo) instead.
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