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Lamb Burgers with Herbs Recipe-7456

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Instead of serving these with ketchup try thickening some yogurt by leaving it overnight in cheesecloth.




  • Muslin or cheesecloth
  • 2 cups low fat or full fat plain yogurt


  • 1½ to 1¾ pounds ground lamb
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried fennel
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, quartered (optional)


To make the yogurt:

Line a colander with muslin or cheesecloth. Place the colander over a large mixing bowl. Place the yogurt in the colander, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Discard the liquid in the bowl. Transfer the yogurt cheese to a small mixing bowl and use immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 days. (Yield: 2 cups)

To make the burgers:

Place the lamb, mint, basil, rosemary and fennel in a large bowl and, using your hands, mix until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Place the mixture on a work surface and divide into 4 balls of equal size. Form each into a patty about ¾ to 1 inch thick, tossing it back and forth between your hands. To ensure more even cooking, make a ½-inch indentation with your thumb in the center of the burger.

Handle the patties as little as possible; do not work more than necessary.

Prepare a grill to medium-high. When the coals are glowing red, after 15 to 20 minutes, cover with the grate. After 5 minutes, use a wire brush to thoroughly clean the grate. Brush the grate with oil. When the coals are covered with pale gray ash and you can leave your hand 5 inches above the fire for 2 to 3 seconds, the coals are ready.

Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with the salt and pepper. Place the burgers on the grate and grill until well seared on both sides, about 4 minutes for medium rare or 5 minutes for medium.

Transfer to pita bread pockets or a serving platter and serve immediately with yogurt and/or lemon quarters.

Alternatively, place a cast iron skillet over high heat and when it is hot but not smoking add the burgers to the dry pan. Cook until well seared on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare or 10 to 12 minutes for medium.

© 2008 Sally Sampson

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 2 tablespoons of drained yogurt per serving and using 1 1/2lbs ground lamb.

512kcal (26%)
112mg (11%)
23mg (38%)
28mcg RAE (1%)
128mg (43%)
700mg (29%)
18g (90%)
41g (63%)
4mg (22%)

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