Za’atar lamb burgers with seasoned yogurt



Step 1

Place the scallions and celery in a bowl of cold water (they will curl). In a separate small bowl, season the yogurt to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the lamb and za’atar. Grate the garlic into the bowl along with 2 teaspoons jalapeño. Thinly slice any remaining jalapeño and set aside.

Step 3

Season the lamb with salt and pepper, then mix thoroughly with your hands to combine. Form the lamb mixture into 8 patties and place on a plate or clean cutting board.

Step 4

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Sear the patties until browned on the outside and cooked to medium, about 4 minutes per side.

Step 5

Drain the scallions and celery, pat dry, and place in a separate medium bowl. Add the cucumbers and sliced jalapeño. Squeeze about 2 teaspoons lemon juice over the vegetables (or more as needed to coat), then season with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Serve the lamb patties with the yogurt and salad. Sprinkle additional za’atar over the salad and yogurt if desired.