A quick and easy burger recipe the whole family will love, these Lamb Burgers can be topped with anything – but we love them with feta and caramelized onions, yum!
Lamb Burger Recipe
I blame my love of lamb on my Irish-Italian dad.
I guarantee you, you have never met a man who get so excited when lamb goes on sale at the grocery store. It’s like his own personal version of Black Friday – getting there as soon as the store opens, loading up his cart, and sometimes he even shows up at my house afterwards asking to store some lamb in my freezer because he bought too much.
I don’t know why he thought he could trust leaving copious amounts of mouth-watering lamb in my freezer and expect me not to eat it… but I’m just going to hope he didn’t count how many packages he left here.
Lamb meatballs are one of my all-time favorites so I thought I would alter my recipe slightly to make a juicy and flavorful lamb burger.
This recipe has that perfect balance of lamb-to-aromatics (like onions, garlic, feta and optional mint) that lets the gamy, earthy flavor of the lamb shine while also making the burger interesting enough in it’s own right.
If your only memories of lamb is as chewy and slathered with too-sweet mint jelly, this recipe is going to make all of that better. This recipe will show you once and for all why lamb is better than beef. (And not just healthier!)
This Greek burger recipe would be perfect for a party – and you could even miniaturize it as a slider recipe – but we just enjoyed it as a quick and easy weeknight meal. This recipe only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and you can cook it on the BBQ or in a skillet, whichever you prefer.
I topped our burgers with cheater caramelized onions, tangy tzatziki sauce, and a sprinkle of feta cheese. You can switch out these toppings however you see fit – maybe a nice piece of cheese or a small scoop of salad? (OK, or a squirt of ketchup… just don’t tell my dad I told you that was okay…)
Ingredients for Lamb Burgers
- Olive Oil
- Red Onion, sliced
- Balsamic Vinegar <– can use red wine vinegar if you don’t have balsamic on hand, it will be more acidic and less sweet
- White Sugar
- Ground Lamb
- Garlic Cloves, sliced
- Green Onions, sliced
- Feta Cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste <– you can also use our homemade Greek Seasoning
- Burger Buns<– we like using brioche buns the best
- Tzatziki Sauce, optional
- Other burger garnishes, as needed
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: adjust the seasonings and mix-ins as you see fit. You can also use a combination of lamb and another ground meat if you like.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Baking sheet
How to Make Lamb Burgers
Place 1 Tablespoon olive oil into the skillet and heat over medium heat as you slice the red onions.
Add the onions to the hot oil and add the sugar and salt (to taste) when they are translucent.
Cook onions thoroughly, stirring occasionally, until dark brown (approximately 8-10 minutes total).
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar, until absorbed. Remove onions to a small bowl and set aside.
Wipe the skillet clean (don’t bother washing – it will add to the flavor). Return to medium heat on the stove.
Combine the lamb, garlic, green onions, half of the feta and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Form the lamb mixture into 4 equal-sized burgers and make a thumb-indent in the center of each (these will raise when cooked, so this helps keep the burgers flat when done rather than dome-shaped).
Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and once hot, add the burgers.
Cook burgers until golden brown on each side, approximately 4-6 minutes per side, and an internal temperature of at least 160F is reached.
Meanwhile, you may want to toast the burger buns by cutting in half and placing under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.
Assemble the burgers by placing the lamb burgers on the toasted bottom bun, topping with tzatziki sauce, caramelized onions and evenly distributing the remaining 1/2 cup feta amongst the 4 burgers. Add other toppings as desired.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 530mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g
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Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This lamb burger recipe will change everything you thought you knew about lamb and is a delicious burger recipe for the whole family!
For more delicious lamb recipes, check out our Lamb Shepard’s Pie.