Lamb Burgers

Dinner, Quick and Easy

These lamb burgers are made with grass-fed lamb from New Zealand. The flavor is earthy and rich. They are grilled with a salt and pepper and built on a buttery brioche bun with whipped feta, lettuce, tomato and grilled red onion.

Lamb Burgers

I know people are starting to speak about fall this and fall that, but I am here to tell you that grilling time has its place in late-summer and early fall, too. These lamb burgers are perfect for this in between time.

They can be made on the grill OR in a pan—easy!

New Zealand Grass-Fed Lamb

Last December I was so lucky to visit New Zealand. It was such a stunning and beautiful country filled with the nicest people. I couldn’t have loved it more! I went there with Beef + Lamb New Zealand and spent the week visiting a few sheep and beef farms throughout the country.

In New Zealand, farmers work sustainably, hand in hand with nature, as they have done for generations. This results in grass-fed beef and lamb that is the most delicious, pure and naturally raised meat. The taste of the beef and lamb coming out of New Zealand is unrivaled; it’s leaner with the best texture.

Whipped Feta

How to Make Lamb Burgers

  1. Making the whipped feta is 100% optional. You could always just smother on some aioli or mayonnaise and ketchup if you want. But I love the tartness it contributes to the delicious patty of grilled lamb. Add the feta and yogurt to a food processor and blend.
  2. Add in the parsley, mint leaves and freshly ground pepper.
    Form the patties. I like to go on the thinner side because I feel like they shrink and plump up as they cook.
  3. Preheat the grill. And place the lamb patties on the grates of the grill. Cook them on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the slices of cheese to the top of each of the patties and cover the grill until they’re melty.
  4. Build the burgers by adding the whipped feta to both sides of the burger buns. And then add the sliced cucumbers, lettuce, lamb patty, red onion and tomato. Slice in half and serve with french fries.

Patties on a baking sheet

Lamb Burgers

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks 

  1. You can make the whipped feta up to 5 days ahead and just store it in the fridge in an air-tight container.
  2. Pepper Jack. It might seem like an odd pairing with the lamb and whipped feta but the touch of spice and flavor from the pepper jack is delicious! But feel free to use Swiss cheese, Gouda or fontina. Basically, you want a melty cheese.
  3. You can keep the buns and burgers warm in a 200 degree F oven while you prep all of the other ingredients.

Lamb Burgers Straight Ahead

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 128kcal
These lamb burgers are made with grass-fed lamb from New Zealand. The flavoris earthy and rich. They are grilled with a salt and pepper and built on abuttery brioche bun with whipped feta, lettuce, tomato and grilled redonion. 

Ingredients

Whipped Feta:

  • 2.5 ounces Greek feta
  • 4 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced mint leaves
  • Freshly ground pepper

Burger Patties:

  • 1 pound New Zealand grass-fed ground lamb, separated into 4 patties
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

For Assembly:

  • 4 brioche burgers buns
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced

Directions

To Make the Whipped Feta:

  • In a food processor, add the feta and yogurt. Blend until very smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the minced parsley, mint leaves and a few rounds of freshly ground pepper. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to taste. Set aside in an airtight container.

To Cook the Burger Patties:

  • Divide the 1 pound of ground lamb into 4 pieces. Form them into patties that are about 1/2-inch thick and 4-inches wide. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb patties with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Preheat your grill over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. When hot, grease the grates with neutral oil. Toast the buns for about 30 seconds, cut side down, until they’re golden brown Remove from the heat. Add the sliced onion to one side of the grill and cook.
  • Add the patties to the grill and cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cheese slices to the tops of the burgers and cover the grill for about 1 minute, just until the cheese is all melty. Remove the patties from the heat and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.

To Assemble the Burgers:

  • Meanwhile, add the whipped feta to both halves of the buns. Add a few slices of cucumber, the lettuce, lamb patty, tomato and grilled onion. Repeat with the remaining burgers. Serve with fries and/or a salad.

Notes

Tips and Tricks 
  1. You can make the whipped feta up to 5 days ahead and just store it in the fridge in an air-tight container. 
  2. Pepper Jack. It might seem like an odd pairing with the lamb and whipped feta but the touch of spice and flavor from the pepper jack is delicious! But feel free to use Swiss cheese, Gouda or fontina. Basically, you want a melty cheese. 
  3. You can keep the buns and burgers warm in a 200 degree F oven while you prep all of the other ingredients. 
Equipment: 
Chef's Knife | Kitchen Towels | Measuring Cups | Measuring Spoons | Food Processor | Food Scale |
 
CourseDinner
CuisineAmerican
Keyword100% grass-fed lamb, lamb burgers
Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Eileen September 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Well, I for one am absolutely not sick of burgers! Especially lamb burgers–they’re clearly the best. I love the idea of adding pistachio to the mix!

  • Reply Quyen September 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This looks delish and I like the lower carb pita ‘burger’ idea. I’ll definitely try this and I will make a taco meat version instead of a patty. I find that breaking up the meat means you get to eat less meat and more vegetables.
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  • Reply Kelly September 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Ah! Gorgeous, lamb + mint = awesome. I bet some oregano would go great in there too.

  • Reply Emma September 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

    These sound fabulous! I may have missed it sorry but how much lamb do you use?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Ah! It’s in there now. 1 pound. Sorry about that!

  • Reply Tammela September 3, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Lamb burgers are so good, especially with your accompaniments like pita and yogurt sauce. Yum!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I watched that episode last night! So bizarre–I swear I’ve seen that horse guy on some other (reality) show before.

    I love lamb burgers–and top it off with some tzatziki sauce and I’m one happy camper. I sometimes add feta as well! Oh so good. Need to try your version, especially with all those great spices and pistachios (!).

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

      HAHAH! Dude, I’ve seen him before too, I swear it!

  • Reply Rachel Taylor September 3, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t find the amount for ground lamb in the recipe. Maybe it’s a glitch in my browser!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Not just you! I move too quickly and sometimes make mistakes. It’s in there now. Sorry about that!

      • Reply Rachel Taylor September 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

        Thanks! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply Tieghan September 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I have never had any lamb! Growing up it was always beef and my family is picky, so no one ver wanted to try a different meet. So boring! But I love all greet food and have been dying to try lamb. These look like the perfect easy and delicious way to start. Heck yes! Oh and I do not think you can ever get tired of a good burger!

  • Reply Becki's Whole Life September 3, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I think we are just headed into burger season with football coming! I love lamb and these sound so great with the Tzatziki sauce, too!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 3, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I do pitas with lamb meatballs but never a burger shape. This looks so good and pistachios? Makes my eyes roll back into my head thinking can it get any better.

  • Reply Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    We eat ground lamb quite a bit but you’ve made me realize I’ve never made lamb burgers! Love the idea to add pistachios too.

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe September 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I can never have enough burgers! I’m a little ashamed to admit they are kind of…my favorite food ever! But I’d never thought of combining pitas and lamb burgers…they look delicious! Oh, and can’t wait to see Amelia’s photos with sheep!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Marieke September 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

    These burgers sound great. Can you tell me how much ground lamb meat you need? This seems to be missing in the recipe.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

      1 pound! It’s in there now. Sorry about that.

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker September 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I am never sick of burgers, sadly is often my down fall at BBQs. I am glad you took a good rest! Nothing like a bit of R&R for the soul.
    Loving the middle eastern influence in this burgers.

  • Reply Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net September 3, 2013 at 1:10 am

    These burgers look so good! I love pita bread so much, what a great substitution for the regular burger buns.

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