Lamb Burgers Recipe

Published on August 28th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front View of Lamb Burgers

This Lamb Burgers recipe is perfect if you're looking for a tasty alternative to beef burgers. The flavors of kofta inspire the lamb burgers. This popular Middle Eastern dish contains ground lamb mixed with cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, paprika, ginger, garlic, onions, mint, and parsley. The spiced lamb is then formed onto wooden skewers and cooked.

Here you'll be getting a twist on this traditional dish by forming the spiced ground lamb into mouthwatering burger patties and cooking them in a skillet to add some crispy textures to the burgers. The burgers come together onto toasted burger buns—this recipe used whole wheat burger buns to calculate the nutritional values. However, you can use gluten-free burger buns, whole wheat burger buns, or anything you desire. 

A refreshing homemade tzatziki sauce is whipped together using cucumber, Greek yogurt, garlic, and mint, to add some creamy and cooling effects to the lamb burgers. Also added is Harrisa sauce for some extra zest and heat. It's sold in jars made from bell peppers, chilies, tomatoes, garlic, and vinegar. Quick Pickled Red Onions and crunchy lettuce finish these incredible and juicy lamb burgers.  

 

Do you put egg in lamb burgers?

Eggs are not required to be added to lamb burgers. The ground meat will bind itself together when cooking. 

Can you eat lamb burgers Raw?

It's not recommended to eat lamb burgers raw. The first reason being the meat would have an undesirable taste and texture. The second and most crucial reason is that ground meat is exposed to oxygen and bacteria because it's processed through a meat grinder. Cooking ground meat kills off any bacteria that may have been transferred to the meat during processing, making ground meat safe to consume.  

Is lamb healthier than beef?

When comparing the health benefits of lamb and beef, lamb tends to have a higher amount of fat and calories than beef. However, one of the benefits of lamb is that they are usually raised free-range and only eats a plant-based grass diet. This means they're higher in omega fatty acids and may contain higher amounts of nutrients. 

What cut of lamb is best for burgers?

Lamb's shoulder is typically used for lamb burgers, with it being one of the leanest cuts of lamb and having the most yield and flavor. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
14 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
29 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

Lamb Burger Patties
  • 1 pound Ground Lamb 

  • 3 cloves Garlic, grated 

  • 1/2 small Yellow Onion, grated 

  • 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped 

  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Mint, chopped 

  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger

  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, ground 

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil 

Homemade Tzatziki
  • 1/4 Cucumber, grated

  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt

  • 1 clove Garlic, grated 

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Mint, chopped 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 

Quick Pickled Red Onions
Lamb Burger Assembly
  • 4 Burgers Buns, of your choice 

  • 4 large pieces Romaine Lettuce 

  • 4 Lamb Burgers, cooked 

  • 4 teaspoons Harrisa 

  • 1 recipe Homemade Tzatziki 

Instructions

Lamb Burger Patties

Add all the ingredients, except for the olive oil, into a medium-sized mixing bowl, mixing with your hands to combine all the ingredients evenly together. 

Overview of a bowl containing lamb burger ingredients

Add the olive oil into a medium-sized skillet setting it onto the stovetop on medium heat.

Overview of a skillet with olive oil heating up inside

Portion the lamb mixture into four even patties by forming them into balls and then pressing them into patties. Place the patties onto a lined baking sheet while waiting for the skillet to heat up. 

Overview of a lined baking sheet with 4 lamb burger patties formed on it.

Add the lamb burgers into the hot skillet. Cook each side of the burgers for 5 minutes until the center is no longer pink or your kitchen thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Areal view of a skillet with 4 lamb burgers cooking inside

Once cooked, place the burgers onto a plate to rest for 2 minutes before assembling. 

Areal view of a plate with cooked lamb burgers resting on it
Homemade Tzatziki

Squeeze any excess water from the grated cucumbers using paper towel of a clean kitchen towel. 

overview of grated cucumbers on a plate lined with paper towel

Add the cucumber and the rest of the Tzatziki sauce ingredients to a small mixing bowl, using a spoon to combine all the ingredients together. Set aside in the fridge until ready to assemble the lamb burgers. 

Cucumber and Tzatziki ingredients being mixed in a bowl
Lamb Burger Assembly

Set a pan or skillet onto a medium heat on the stovetop to toast the burger buns.  

Overview of burger buns toasting in a pan

Line up the toasted buns onto a baking sheet or cutting board. 

Burger buns lined on a baking sheet next to lamb burger ingredients

Add 1 tablespoon of Harrisa to each bottom bun, spreading it out evenly using a spoon.

Overview of Harissa being added to burger buns

Add the cooked lamb burgers on top of the bottom bun, then add the homemade Tzatziki sauce onto the burger, followed by the pickled red onions and lettuce.   

Areal view of lamb burgers being assembled

Add the tops of the burger bun to finish the lamb burgers, and you're ready to feast. 

Top view of assembled lamb burgers on a table
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