Lamb Burgers with Grilled Shallots and Goat Cheese

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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.

Lamb Burger with Grilled Shallots and Goat Cheese

Lamb Burgers with Grilled Shallots and Goat Cheese

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers


  • 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.


If you want to learn more about making great burgers read Tips for Tasty, Simple Grilled Burgers.
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