This thick and juicy lamb burger is meaty, rich, and so, so juicy! The well-seasoned ground lamb is grilled to perfection and topped with a fresh whipped feta cheese spread and fresh rosemary. Oh, and the best part is you could be enjoying this incredible dish in just under 30 minutes. Serve this burger up with a side of hot and crispy french fries and you have an award-winning meal!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's unique. I don't think anyone expects lamb burgers when they arrive at the family cookout. Serving up these perfectly grilled patties is one way to keep them guessing! And the best part is, they taste so amazing that no one will miss the common beef patty at all.
It's flavorful. Lamb is such a rich meat and a little goes a long way and pairing it with robust herbs and spices like rosemary and cloves will pack such a punch of flavor. The feta and Greek yogurt spread adds an incredible note of freshness.
It's so simple to make. Making these lamb burgers couldn't be easier. After seasoning the ground lamb, form the patties, and grill them to perfection. Add your buns and toppings and you're all set!
It's versatile. My favorite way to make these lamb burgers is on the grill. But you can use a grill pan or even a skillet! This means you can make these scrumptious burgers all year round, even in the colder months.
- Ground lamb- lamb is so rich and well-balanced. The perfect meat for a burger.
- Garlic- chopped, a powerful spice with a delicious taste.
- Herbs- chopped, Oregano, basil, and sage complement lamb very well.
- Rosemary- an aromatic herb that has notes of mint, sage, and pepper.
- Feta cheese- crumbles, a salty cheese with a nutty aftertaste.
- Greek Yogurt- plain Greek yogurt for the feta spread.
- Lemon juice- adds brightness and acidity to cut through the rich lamb.
- Burger buns- your favorite bun to put your burger on.
- Burger toppings- lettuce, tomato, red onion
- Seasonings- salt and pepper to taste.
How To Make Lamb Burgers
Step 1: Prepare the patties. Preheat the grill to high heat, if cooking burgers on the grill. Gently knead the lamb, garlic, mixed herbs, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until just combined. Don't over-mix!
Step 2: Form the patties. Gently separate the ground lamb mixture into four equal pieces. Roll the pieces into evenly sized balls and gently press them between your palms to create a flat patty about ½ an inch thick.
Step 3: Cook the burgers. If you're cooking the burgers in a skillet, heat the skillet to high heat. A grill pan over high heat cooks the burgers well, too. Coat the skillet or grill pan with cooking spray or brush with a little oil. Add burgers to the grill, grill pan or skillet, and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking 5 more minutes.
Step 4: Make the spread. While the burgers are cooking, prepare the feta and yogurt spread. In a bowl, combine the feta, yogurt, dried rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients until combined.
Step 5: Assemble and serve! Spread the feta mixture over the buns. Add the burgers and optional toppings if desired!
My tips to make the best lamb burgers
- Don't over-mix the ground lamb. Mixing the lamb and the seasonings together gently will make sure you have a tender and juicy burger. If you over-mix, the lamb will be tough.
- Experiment with the spices! I've included my favorite spices here, but lamb also goes really well with herbs like mint and sage. Play around with the flavors and see what you like best.
- A grill is definitely the way to go when making these burgers. There's just something so delicious about a flame-grilled patty.
- You can totally skip the feta spread if that's not really your thing. Try your favorite garlic aioli or a spicy mint jelly instead.
How to store and reheat leftover lamb burgers
In the fridge. You can store any leftover patties in the fridge easily. Just wait until they've completely cooled, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
In the freezer: You can also store any leftovers in the freezer. Again, make sure the patties have cooled before wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and storing them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They'll keep for up to 6 months stored like this.
Reheating: Defrost any frozen patties in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat leftover lamb burgers, you can stick them in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes flipping them once halfway through.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use another type of meat instead of lamb?
If you don't like lamb, that's okay! You can substitute ground beef or bison for this recipe.
Can I make these lamb burgers ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare your ground lamb mixture up to 2 days in advance. Keep it covered tightly in the fridge until you're ready to grill and serve!
What herbs and spices go well with lamb?
Rosemary, thyme, mint, and oregano all go really well with lamb. I also like playing around with cumin and paprika from time to time in lamb recipes.
More Lamb Recipes To Try Next
- Lamb vindaloo
- Roasted lamb breast
- Sous vide lamb chops
- Pan seared lamb chops
- Lamb lollipops
- Lamb shoulder chops
For the Burgers:
- 4 burger buns
- 1 Lb. ground lamb
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp. mint, chopped
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- salt and pepper
For The Sauce:
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- salt and pepper
- Tomato slices
- Red onions
- Preheat the grill to high heat, if cooking burgers on grill.
- Gently knead lamb, garlic, parsley, mint, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
- Form into four patties.
- If cooking in a skillet, heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan over high heat and coat with cooking spray or brush with a little oil. Add burgers to grill, grill pan or skillet, and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking 5 more minutes.
- In a bowl, combine the feta, yogurt, dried rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Spread whipped feta over the buns. Top with burgers. Add optional toppings if desired..
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 38g