Lamb Burgers – Who Knew?

July 31, 2006 7 Comments

Lamb Burger Recipe

Friday Night Lamb Burgers with Barbecue Bob & Bert

We have been taking turns dining with Roberta, Robert and their family on Friday nights and last night was no exception. It’s hot here in the Philadelphia region so Bob & Bert decided on Lamb Burgers served with grilled eggplant and a yogurt mint sauce, corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. The tomatoes and basil were fresh from Barbecue Bob’s garden.

The recipe came from an old Gourmet Magazine dated August of 1997 and the ripped out page was sitting on the counter. There were four burger recipes on the page and there is a great story behind them.

It turns out, Bert, wife of Barbecue Bob, was six months pregnant at the time this particular issue of Gourmet came out and she was craving meat. She happened upon these recipes and asked Bob to go out and get the ingredients for each burger recipe so she could have a different one each night of the week.

Barbecue Bob, being the great husband that he is and concerned about the grief he might face if he didn’t obey, ran out, purchased the ingredients and served his wife a different burger four nights in a row. What a guy!

I love hamburgers and I’m not sure why I haven’t thought about making a lamb burger before this experience. I suppose I believed burgers were made with beef – end of story.

Now that story has a new beginning and I can’t wait to make some myself.

Where to Get Ground Lamb

You may be surprised but a lot of supermarkets now carry freshly ground lamb. They also sell ground lamb in frozen tube shaped packaging but I would stay away from that and go with only freshly ground lamb.

If you do find some freshly ground lamb it probably comes from the lean meat and trimmings from the breast, neck, flank, shoulder, rib, loin, leg or shank. If they don’t have any on the shelves, you can always ask the butcher to ground some up for you. They may ask you to purchase a piece of lamb breast or other cut of meat but then you will really know it is fresh.

Lamb Burgers – Who Knew?

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Lamb Burgers – Who Knew?


For the Cucumber-Mint Sauce

¼ cucumber

½ cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

For the Burgers

1-¼ pounds ground lamb

½ teaspoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

salt and pepper, to taste

To Serve

4 four-inch pita breads

1-½ cups shredded romaine lettuce

8 eggplant slices, grilled

How To Prepare At Home

1) Start with the sauce so it can sit for a while. Seed and finely chop the cucumber. In a small mixing bowl, add the cucumber, yogurt, 2 tablespoons fresh mint and season with salt and pepper to taste.

2) In a large mixing bowl, blend the lamb, cumin and the rest of the mint and again season with salt and pepper. Make four equally sized burgers.

3) Trim the tops off the pita breads so the openings are large enough to fit a burger. If you like, you can toast the pita bread or warm them up on the grill.

4) Cook the lamb burgers the same as you would a beef hamburger to the doneness you and your guests like.

5) To serve, place a burger inside a pita bread, add a slice of grilled eggplant, top with a little of the cucumber/mint sauce and finish with a little shredded romaine lettuce.


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  1. Barbecue Bob says:

    Just keep in mind, that lamb burgers will cook faster than a typical burgers.

  2. Mellian says:

    I had lamb “patties” about 20 years ago when my boyfriend’s mother fixed them for dinner one night. I bit into it thinking it was a hamburger! What a surprise!
    Down here in Florida you can’t get ground lamb at the store. You’re lucky if you find a couple of skimpy shanks for an outrageous price. Occasionally, you can get a nice leg. I’m not sure why there’s so little lamb down here. But now my mouth is watering for a lamb patty.

    Deltona, FL.

  3. POOH says:

    Had lamb burgers before, happy someone got the recipe published. Thanks

  4. ed bergen says:

    guess i’m lucky,foodtown supermarket
    in town grinds lamb every friday year
    round.going to try your receipt.we serve with mint jelly.

  5. cherie lee debell says:

    I have been making lamb burgers for years for Easter Saturday. The ground lamb used to be in expensive, now it’s about $5.00 a pound, but well woth the price. Make up the patties and add a little mint jelly mixed with Hellmans Mayo on the bun. Add lettuce and enjoy on a bun.

  6. Hayley says:

    Lamb burgers, how outrageously groovy. I’m making one for the New Zealand school burger competition. Wicked tehehe.

  7. Rita says:

    I love the way you go into such detail regarding this topic. It obviously shows how passionate you are regarding this subject.

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