Whenever I make lamb burgers on the grill at a barbecue, my guests are surprised that lamb can be made into a burger. Contrary to popular belief, ground lamb makes for an excellent burger and does contain enough fat to keep it together and also have a good flavor. Most people who don't eat lamb very often don't think of lamb as a burger meat, but it's true! Lamb burgers are absolutely delicious!
Lamb is a little more expensive than ground beef and not as easy to find. A lot of grocery store don't put out a large selection of ground lamb because it is not bought as frequently. If you can't find it in your meat department, ring the bell, and ask the butcher if they have any available. Chances are they have some frozen, if not fresh.
If you are making lamb cheeseburgers, think outside the box with your choice of cheese. The flavor of lamb meat pairs well with more sophisticated cheeses than the staple yellow American. Think feta, provolone, pecorino Romano, aged Swiss, blue cheese -- the possibilities are endless! Looking for a spicier lamb burger? Check out this lamb burger recipe!
- 1 lb. ground lamb
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
- 1/2 tsp coarse or kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Optional: cheese (see suggestions above)
Preheat pan or grill to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine lamb, parsley, salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well. (Roll up the sleeves, take off your rings, and do this by hand. The results are better this way -- trust me!).
Form meat and spice mixture into 4 patties -- 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick. Put in heated pan or grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes each side. The flavor of lamb is best at a medium well, so cook until you see a faint pink color in the center.
You can certainly cook longer, should you choose.
Place desired cheese on top and allow it to melt for about 30 seconds to one minute. I like to splash the pan with some cool water to create steam and put a stainless steel mixing bowl over the pan for about 30 seconds. The result is perfectly melted cheese that hugs the burger.
Serving Lamb Burgers
When I serve lamb burgers, I like to choose a more fancy bun than what can be found in the bread aisle at my grocery store. Think brioche, sourdough, and even rolled flatbread for lamb burgers. Of course, the national brands will do, but I happen to think that lamb burgers are a little more special than beef burgers. It's not like you can order one at any fast food restaurant, so I don't think it should be served on a fast food-like bun.
Enjoy! Lamb burgers are a delicious alternative to beef burgers and in my opinion, taste so much better.