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.