Lamb Burgers with Grilled Shallots and Goat Cheese
This scrumptious lamb burger recipe gets its Mediterranean flavors from cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. So many lamb burgers are one-note affairs that treat the lamb like it’s a gyro.
These lamb burgers embrace the lamb’s natural flavors by using smoked paprika to deepen, coriander to brighten, and cumin to add a sense of mystery and a touch of heat to the burger’s flavor.
To top everything off grill up some shallots and combine them with goat cheese and some chives to create a delicious lamb burger that feels familiar but tastes like it’s from somewhere exotic.
- 1 lb ground lamb
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1 tsp chives, optional
- 2 medium shallots, divided
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- Start by mincing a 1/4 cup worth of shallots to mix with the ground lamb. Depending on the size of the shallots it usually takes most of a medium shallot to get a 1/4 cup of minced shallot. The rest of the shallots should be cut into thick slices for the grill. Mince the garlic.
- Mix the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper together with a 1/4 cup of minced shallot and the garlic. Combine the spices and lemon juice with the lamb. Divide the lamb into 3 or 4 burgers, depending on the desired size.
- Grill the burgers for 5 to 7 minutes a side on medium to medium-high heat. Using a grill pan, grill the shallots until they have a nice brown color.
- While the burgers are resting, mince the grilled shallots and chives and mix them with the goat cheese.
- Serve the burgers on a grilled bun with a dollop of the goat cheese mixture on top.