lamb burger recipe topped with aioli, arugula and red onion

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Why I love this recipe for lamb burgers

I’ve been in a bit of a dinner rut lately. It happens from time to time, and I end up with zero motivation for cooking (yes, it even happens to food bloggers). Whenever I feel stuck, making something new and/or unusual helps get me through it. So I thought it might be fun to play around with lamb a little bit more.

I’ve been really loving lamb, and, luckily, my family is loving it too. Last month, I shared these amazing, Gilmore Girls inspired lamb chops recipe, and now I have this amazing lamb burger recipe for you. Yes, lamb makes a great burger.

The sweet, slightly gamey flavor of the lamb and the higher fat amount makes for a really flavorful burger. Plus, I’ve added a mix of spices that pair really well with lamb, and I topped them with garlic aioli and peppery arugula. No cheese necessary.

So, if you’re tired of the same old burger, you have to give these spiced lamb burgers a try.

lamb burger recipe on bottom buns, ready to have toppings added

Here’s what you’ll need for this lamb burger recipe

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recipe for lamb burgers

How to make lamb burgers

Prepare the meat mixture. Using clean hands, mix the lamb and spices together in a large bowl until everything is evenly combined. Divided the mixture into equal 6 patties (about 1/3 pound).

You can make up to 8 patties, but I like to make mine a little larger to make up for the size they lose while cooking.

Cook the patties. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add the burgers to the pan and cook for about 10 – 12 minutes, flipping once. If you aren’t using a non-stick or cast iron skillet, you might want a tiny bit of oil or cooking spray in your pan.

To grill the burgers: heat your grill to medium-direct heat (about 350˚F). Cook for about 10 minutes, turning once. With either method of cooking, the patties should reach 160˚F.

Top the lamb burgers. We topped our burgers with garlic aioli, red onion and arugula. They would also be great topped with tzatziki sauce, mint chutney, or bacon jam. You can even top them with pineapple.

lamb burger recipe without top bun

FAQs and Tips for making lamb burgers

Can you eat lamb rare? The FDA recommends a cooking temperature of 160˚F for ground lamb. This would bring the burgers to medium. Any lower of a temperature would put you at risk of food borne illnesses. We cooked ours to medium and they were perfect.

Are lamb burgers healthy? Compared to other meats, lamb generally has a higher amount of healthy fatty acids because it is more likely to be grass fed. Of course, everything should be consumed in moderation.

I don’t make any claims that this recipe is healthy. Because everyone has different dietary needs, what is healthy for one person might be detrimental to another.

Why is lamb so expensive? Lamb is harder to raise and require more resources than other meats, such as beef or pork. That, combined with a lower demand for the product, has driven prices up. 

Want to make this recipe gluten free? Try gluten free hamburger buns or make your own with this recipe.

lamb burger recipe topped with arugula, aioli and red onion (image has text overlay for Pinterest)

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Spiced Lamb Burger Recipe

Spiced Lamb Burgers | These homemade ground lamb patties are mixed with flavorful seasonings and topped with garlic aioli sauce, red onion and peppery arugula. They can be cooked on the grill or on the stove. #lamb #burgers

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12  garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until evenly combined.
  2. Divide mixture into 6 equal burger patties.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and cook patties for 5 – 6 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 160˚F.
  4. Remove from heat and assemble burgers as desired.


To grill your lamb burgers: Heat a grill to medium, direct heat and grill patties for 5 – 6 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160˚F.


  • Serving Size: 1 pattie
  • Calories: 432
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 608.1 mg
  • Fat: 30.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 37.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 145.8 mg

Keywords: dairy free, easy, 5 ingredient, grilling

Last Updated on November 11, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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