Lamb Burger Recipe with Fennel Salad

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Recipes.net Team Published: March 23, 2020 Modified: August 17, 2021
Lamb Burger Recipe with Fennel Salad



Sunday afternoon grill days will never be the same again once you try this special lamb burger recipe. There’s nothing better than gobbling up an amazingly juicy burger. Now try to imagine lamb patties that have been seasoned with Mediterranean spices. Accompanied by a fennel salad, this burger is easy to make because it only uses a few main ingredients. Complete the meal with everyone’s favorite classic french fries on the side.

Tips on Making Greek Lamb Burgers

There are four key components to being able to make the best lamb burger recipe. First are the lamb patties, which are the most important. Second are the burger buns, which hold everything together. Third are the seasoning and cheese which add extra depth of flavors. Last is a refreshing fennel salad to balance the meat and cheese. Each of these factors help make these greek burgers juicy and mouthwatering. Read our tips to perfect these elements for your lamb burger recipe.

  • Make the lamb patties thinner and larger than your usual burger patty. A common mistake people make is molding their patties the size they’d like to eat them. These ground lamb burgers will shrink about half an inch once they’re grilled. You wouldn’t want a tiny patty in a huge burger bun.
  • Refrigerate the homemade patties for a minimum of 30 minutes before grilling them. This will help keep them firm while cooking to avoid breaking apart.
  • If you’re used to cooking beef burgers, keep in mind that lamb is a leaner meat. It will take a minute or longer to cook them. It’s best to use an instant-read thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the lamb patties is at 160 degrees F.
  • Slice the fennel very thinly. Fennel has a rather strong sweet licorice flavor that can overpower your taste buds if it is eaten in larger chunks or pieces therefore it’s important they are sliced thinly. The fennel salad adds a pop of color to this Greek lamb burger recipe. If you want, you can also sprinkle some sea salt and herbs to give the sliced fennel a fuller flavor.

How To Make Lamb Burgers with Fennel Salad

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Heat up the grill this afternoon and cook this flavorful, juicy, and easy to make grilled ground lamb burger recipe. You’ll be switching out your regular beef burgers or McDonald’s for this healthier burger alternative. 

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 13 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 2 cup fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream
  • ½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind, grated
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

For the Burgers:

  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled, with basil and garlic
  • ¼ cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Greek seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 lb lean ground lamb
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • cooking spray
  • 4 pita bread, 6-inches, cut in half

Instructions

  1. Prepare your grill or broiler.

To Prepare Salad:

  1. To prepare the salad, simply combine the first 10 ingredients in a bowl.

To Prepare Burgers:

  1. Now that your salad is ready, start making the burgers. Begin by combining the cheese and the next 5 ingredients (cheese through turkey) in a large bowl. 

  2. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a ½-inch thick patty. 

  3. Place the patties on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray, then cook them for 4 minutes on each side until they're done. 

  4. Next, cut the patties in half and place ¼ cup of salad in each pita half. Afterward, serve your burgers alongside your salad and enjoy!

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Commonly Asked Questions

What does a lamb burger taste like?

Ground lamb meat doesn’t taste as gamey as a lamb chop or loin. It has a more subtle, earthy flavor. Lamb burgers pair well with spices like fennel, cumin, and chilli. Our lamb burger recipe certainly won’t disappoint your taste buds.

Is lamb healthier than beef?

Lamb is definitely healthier than beef even though it is fattier. Lambs are usually grass-fed and have lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (more than a grass-fed cow). It is also a good source of zinc, vitamin B and iron. However, keep in mind that this is assuming you’re making this lamb burger recipe in moderation.

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Conclusion

Bring out the grill because there’s a new burger player in town. Our healthy lamb burger recipe will impress your family and friends so say goodbye to buying take out from fast-food chains. You’ll be searching for more ground lamb dishes after tasting this greek lamb burger recipe.

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