posted June 23, 2021
Curried Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce
This lamb burger recipe tastes like the most amazing gyro ever but in burger form! Sink your teeth into this juicy, curried lamb burger piled high with feta, tzatziki sauce, fresh mint sauce, and all the toppings.
While the traditional beef burger is a perfectly fine dinner, when you have a craving for something with a bit more oomph, these lamb burgers are going to hit the spot. The lamb patty is seasoned with curry, grilled to juicy perfection, and topped with tangy tzatziki and a bright, herbal mint sauce.
It’s simply exploding with flavor and gives you a dinner unlike any other. If you’re looking for a more unique meal, try making these into a pita. Instead of buns placing the meat between buns, use pita bread or stuff the burger into a pita pocket. Then add diced tomatoes and onions on top and drizzle with the sauce.
How to Make a Lamb Burger
This lamb burger requires a bit of extra effort before placing the patty on the grill, and it’ll be better for it. Here’s how to make and grill a lamb burger:
- Make the lamb patties. Combine the ground lamb, panko breadcrumbs, eggs, curry powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. The egg in the burger mix keeps things moist and the panko breadcrumbs add an awesome texture to the patty itself. Form the meat into equal-sized patties.
- Grill the burgers. Place the patties on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the burgers, and continue grilling for another 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 155 degrees F. Make sure you’re using a good meat thermometer to ensure you’re getting a good reading on the meat.
- Rest and assemble. After you remove the meat from the grill, cover it loosely with foil and allow the temperature to come up to 160 degrees F. Tenting the burgers will also keep moisture inside while the patties slowly finish cooking.
One quick tip: Don’t flip the burgers more than once. Tender patties need to be handled with care. Don’t press on the patty when grilling, squeezes out moisture.
What Goes on a Lamb Burger?
You are welcome to top your lamb burger with your favorite toppings, but I’ve found simple veggies and some awesome sauce work best. Ripe tomato and a sliced red onion are must-haves. Crisp lettuce adds some much-needed crunch. Next, you need some fresh crumbled feta cheese to give it that classic Greek hit of salty flavor.
This recipe also tops the burger with both a tzatziki sauce and a fresh mint sauce. The tzatziki is a creamy Greek yogurt sauce that adds a tangy flavor. The mint is bright and fresh making your taste buds all sorts of happy.
How Long to Cook Lamb Burger
When cooked on a grill, lamb burgers cook quickly. With your preferred grill preheated to 350-400 degrees F (medium-high heat), it should take around 10 minutes to fully cook the lamb patties.
The goal when grilling lamb burgers is to make sure the meat is cooked to the correct internal temperature to ensure safety and retain juiciness and flavor. I recommend removing the lamb burgers from the grill when they reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. After you take them off the grill, lightly cover them with foil and allow carry-over cooking to increase the temperature the rest of the way to 160 degrees F.
More Lamb Recipes
Is lamb one of your favorite meats to cook on the grill? If so, check out some of my favorite smoked and grilled lamb recipes on the site.
- Smoked Rack of Lamb with a Curry Spice Rub
- Smoked Leg of Lamb
- Grilled Rack of Lamb with a Garlic Herb Marinade
Best Lamb Burger Recipe
Now that you have all the info, you’re ready to snag the recipe below and make your own lamb burgers at home. Here at Hey Grill Hey, we’re all about helping you make better BBQ so you can feed the people you love, and this lamb burger recipe is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Curried Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 Tablespoon curry powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- ⅓ cup English cucumber (grated)
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cloves garlic (grated)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 burger buns (or pita pockets)
- 6 ounces feta cheese (crumbled)
- 1 tomato (sliced)
- ½ head romaine lettuce
- ½ red onion (sliced)
- Preheat the grill. Preheat your grill for direct grilling at medium-high heat (around 350-400 degrees F).
- Prepare your condiments. To make the tzatziki sauce, place the grated cucumber in a paper towel and press to remove moisture. Combine the dried cucumber with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, grated garlic, onion powder, and white pepper. Stir and then refrigerate until ready to serve. To make the mint sauce, combine the mint, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil in a blender with a tight-fitting lid. Blend until there are no large pieces of garlic or herbs remaining, but not quite a totally smooth puree.
- Make your lamb burger patties. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, breadcrumbs, eggs, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Mix gently with your hands until the seasoning is well distributed through the meat and then form 6, 1/3 pound, patties.
- Grill the burgers. Place the lamb burger patties directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and grill for about 4-5 minutes. Open the lid and flip the patties, being careful not to press or squish them with your spatula. Close the lid and continue cooking until the lamb reads 155 degrees F. Transfer the lamb burgers to a plate and cover lightly with foil so the carry-over cooking will take the lamb up to 160 degrees F.
- Assemble your burgers. While the lamb rests for 5 minutes, toast your buns on the hot grill and gather up your tzatziki sauce, mint sauce, and other burger toppings. Place the burgers on the buns and then top with your desired toppings. Spoon a generous serving of tzatziki over the burgers and spread a spoonful of the mint sauce on the top bun. Take a giant bite and enjoy!
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