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Spiced Lamb Burgers

Serve these spiced lamb burgers at a summer BBQ. They've got a warm Middle Eastern spice and are topped with a deconstructed tzatziki sauce for a refreshing summer meal.
Course dinner, main, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Rebecca


  • grill or grill pan
  • Measuring Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • spatula
  • knife
  • cutting board


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ tablespoon mild oil I used grapeseed when I made it with extra lean ground lamb
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons thinly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4-6 hamburger buns
  • 1 whole beefsteak tomato sliced
  • 1 whole cucumber sliced


  • Heat up grill or grill pan. To make the lamb patties, add 1 lb lamb, 1 heaping teaspoon each cumin and coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground pepper, ¼ cup bread crumbs, & 1 tablespoon minced shallot to a large mixing bowl. (note: if using extra lean ground lamb, add ½ tablespoon oil to mixture). Mix everything together well until combined. Divide into 4 portions for 4 oz patties or 6 for 3 oz patties. Form patties, making them slightly bigger than bun size.
  • Place each patty onto grill or grill pan. Cook first side for 4 minutes, flip patty and cook for 4-6 minutes on second side, or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

  • While patties are cooking, prepare tzatziki sauce. Pour ½ cup plain yogurt into small mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, & ½ teaspoon garlic salt to yogurt. Mix together. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Assemble burgers by layering cucumbers, tomato, a lamb patty, and 1-2 tablespoon tzatziki sauce on hamburger buns. Include other toppings if desired.


  • The tzatziki is pretty thin, so if you'd like a thicker sauce, use Greek yogurt instead. 
  • If using extra lean ground lamb, add ½ tablespoon of oil to patties. 
  • Make patties slightly larger than the size of the bun you plan on using so they don't shrink too small for your buns.