Lamb Burgers

Lamb burger

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
323 Calories
22g Fat
0g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 323
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 405mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 burger meat, but it's true. Lamb burgers are 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.


  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Cheese slices, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for lamb burger
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  2. Preheat pan or grill to 375 F.

  3. 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.)

    Mix ingredients in a bowl
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  4. Form meat and spice mixture into 4 patties—1/2 to 3/4 inches thick.

    Form into patties
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  5. Put in heated pan or grill and cook for about 4 to 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.

    Grill patties
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  6. Place desired cheese on top and allow it to melt for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

    Place cheese on burgers
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  7. 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 a perfectly melted cheese that hugs the burger.

    Splash pan with water
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  8. Serve and enjoy.

Serving Lamb Burgers

When serving lamb burgers, it's fun to choose a more fancy bun than what can be found in the bread aisle at your grocery store. Think brioche, sourdough, and even rolled flatbread for lamb burgers. Of course, the national brands will do, but we happen to think that lamb burgers are a little more special than beef burgers. 

Types of Cheeses

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. Are you looking for a spicier lamb burger? Check out ​this lamb burger recipe.