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Spiced Lamb Burgers

Featured in our Backyard BBQ Guide
Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

A bright, fresh herb sauce, sliced tomato, and a dollop of cool yogurt balance the warm spices in these burgers.


  • 1-1/2 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup olive oil; more for the grill
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. packed fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 6-inch pitas, halved and warmed
  • Sliced tomato, for serving
  • Plain Greek yogurt, for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 580
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 360
  • Fat (g): 41
  • Saturated Fat (g): 12
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22
  • Cholesterol (mg): 115
  • Sodium (mg): 750
  • Carbohydrates (g): 19
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 32


  • Prepare a medium-high gas or charcoal grill fire. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the lamb with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, the coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, 1-1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick burgers.
  • Oil the grill grate. Grill the burgers for 5 minutes, then flip and continue to grill until an instant read thermometer inserted into a burger registers 145°F for medium, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a mini food processor with the parsley, cilantro, oregano, vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Process until a coarse paste forms, scraping the sides of the processor at least once.
  • Serve each burger in a pita half with the sauce, sliced tomato, and a dollop of yogurt.

A rice salad studded with plenty of summery vegetables or a Cucumber and Herb Salad with Crumbled Feta would make a delicious accompaniment.


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  • penelopeplantlady | 07/28/2013

    Very tasty; we love lamb. Careful, I grilled it too long. Combined it with parts of http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/grilled-greek-lamb-burgers.aspxusing the pickled red onions and adding a bit of feta cheese. As previous reviewer, would be good to mix the herb mix with the Greek yogurt, I think.

  • hkarpen | 06/20/2013

    Made this last night and my family loved it- even the kids thought it was a great change from burgers! The herb mixture makes it!

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