Looking for something different than your standard beef or turkey burger? This grilled herb lamb burger is just that – tastily unexpected.

And when it comes to your health, grass-fed lamb is a good source of omega 3 fats, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.   

This burger can fool you visually, too, since ground lamb – unlike ground turkey – looks similar to ground beef. It feels different, though, with a softer texture. Its mild flavor makes it a perfect vessel to hold an array of herbs and spices — no need to add loads of sodium.

If you treat the patties with care from formation (gently combine the meat with the herbs) through cooking (the burgers cook quickly – don’t walk away!), then you’ve got it made. Here are a couple of additional pro tips:

  • Before placing the patty on the grill, make an indentation in the middle so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
  • Toast the buns so that they don’t get soggy from the burger’s juices or any condiments.

Grilled herb lamb burger

1 pound ground lamb

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon ground oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme


Step 1: Place the ground lamb in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.

Step 2: Gently combine the meat and seasonings with your hands. Divide the mixture into four balls and press them down evenly into patties that are 3 inches wide. Make a slight indentation in the center of the each patty.

Step 3: Grill the burgers on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes per side.

Nutritional information (burger only): 328 calories; 27 grams of fat; 138 milligrams of sodium; 19 grams of protein.

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