- 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably Greek)
- 1/2 cucumber, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (if cooking on a stovetop)
- 4 rounds pita bread, sliced into pockets and toasted
- Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, mint, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the lamb, shallot, garlic, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Form 4 patties about ¾ inch thick.
- Grill the patties until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. (Or heat the oil in a grill pan over medium heat and cook patties, 5 to 6 minutes per side.)
- Serve patties in the pita pockets with the cucumber relish.