lamb burger with tzatziki slaw on a plate with a side of Israeli couscous
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Easy Lamb Burgers (Broiled in Oven) with Feta and Tzatziki Slaw

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Super easy lamb burgers warmly spiced and broiled in your oven for only 6 minutes per side! These sizzling hot lamb patties are loaded with briny feta cheese crumbles, slathered with tangy Dijon mustard, and topped with a cool and crunchy tzatziki slaw. The flavors and textures here are SERIOUSLY hard to walk away from. I hope you love them as much as we do in our house. 😊 Oh, and they go great with my Simple Couscous Salad.

Ok, let me just start by saying that I am VERY excited to share this recipe with you today. It has only been on my to-do list for about 6 months. I feel like I say that a lot? Anyway, things have been BUSY at our house. We just welcomed a brand new baby girl into our home, and she is the sweetest little thing (more on that in another post). And yes, I did work on this recipe attached to a breast pump. Because that is real life.

messy cutting board covered with ingredients and parts to a breast pump
I looked over at my cutting board before washing dishes and decided the world needed to see how I actually cook.

With a newborn in the house, I know I will be looking for super easy recipes for the next few months (or years). These flavorful lamb burgers are exactly that. I use a couple of store bought ingredients (pre-packaged coleslaw and tzatziki) with a few homemade touches for a fast and delicious weeknight meal. You don’t even have to fire up the grill because these burgers are broiled right in the oven. Wait, what?

Broiled Burgers?

Admittedly I had never done this before working on this recipe, but I was so happy with the results. I wanted to make these burgers in the oven because we only have a charcoal grill at our house. To me it feels like a bit of an ordeal to set up. That, and the last time I tried I burnt a hole in our back deck. Whoops. 😬 Anyway, I felt like broiling the burgers under high heat would be the next best thing. The broiler gives you that classic charred crust on the outside of your burger, and using only one pan and your oven makes for easy clean up.

I chose to put a thumb print in my burger to help with shrinkage, but check out this fun article on shaping burger patties from the Kitchen. I am excited to play around with these different techniques. Also, you can see in the photo below that these were not even close to perfect patties. The idea here was quick and easy no fuss burgers. After shaping, place them on a sheet pan 6 inches below the broiler and let them go for 6 minutes per side. You’ll have to pull the pan out of the oven to flip the burgers. DO NOT try to flip them under the broiler. Let’s keep those arm hairs.

raw ground lamb patties seasoned with garam masala and brushed with olive oil
Lamb Burger Patties

What Temperature Should I Cook Lamb Burgers To?

According to the USDA, ground or minced lamb patties should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160℉ (or 71.1℃). Although other cuts of lamb, like chops, steaks, and roasts can be cooked to a lower temperature and eaten pink, ground or minced lamb should be cooked through. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat to ensure it is fully cooked and safe to eat.

Every oven is going to vary slightly which means cooking times can also vary by several minutes. I like to remove these from the oven when the internal temperature has reached 150℉ (65.6℃). From there you can transfer the burgers to a plate to let them rest for 5 minutes loosely covered with aluminum foil. They will continue to cook and should reach 160℉ after the resting period.

Can These Burgers be Grilled?

But of course! Grill over high heat for about 6 minutes per side. Cooking on the grill gives that delicious, smoky flavor that we all know and love, plus you can easily toast the buns right on the grill grate. Again, cooking time will vary so make sure you are using that instant-read thermometer to check for doneness. Another great option is to make these in a cast iron skillet or on a grill pan right on the stove top. Cook for about 6 minutes per side over medium high heat.

Best Toppings?

open faced lamb burger on a plate with feta cheese, tomato, and tzatziki slaw
Toppings

Whatever you do, do not skip the Dijon mustard!! I mean, unless you really don’t like Dijon mustard, but it goes so well with the lamb and really makes all those flavors pop. Below is the combination I landed on, but I included another list of possible alternatives you might like!

  • Dijon mustard (the tang is just perfect)
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Thick slice of tomato
  • Tzatziki slaw. I just love the combination of cold, crunchy coleslaw on a hot, juicy burger. So tasty!
Ingredients For Tzatziki Slaw

Here are some other options you could try:

  • Sliced red onion
  • Olive tapenade or chopped, pitted olives (Sorry, folks. I hate olives. I know, I know…I’m a child.)
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Plain tzatziki/no slaw (if you are really looking to save time)

Are Lamb Burgers Healthier Than Beef Burgers?

I have seen this question a lot so I wanted to address it. The short answer is no. Ground lamb is not significantly more healthy than ground beef. They are both considered red meats which most dieticians recommend consuming in moderation. In general, red meats are a great source of vitamins and minerals (like iron, zinc and vitamin B12), but also tend to be high in calories and saturated fat. Don’t choose a lamb burger because you are looking for a healthier substitute for ground beef. Do choose a lamb burger because they are off the charts delicious and a fun twist from your typical grilled hamburger.

So, Can I Substitute Beef?

Absolutely! Whatever your reason for opting for beef over lamb, these burgers will still taste amazing. I have used both meats for this recipe, and although they differ slightly in flavor (obviously), each option yields a truly delicious burger. If you do substitute ground beef, I would go for the the 80% lean/20% fat ratio, which makes for an extra juicy burger. In fact, I often double the recipe and use 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of ground lamb. I love the combination of the two, but whatever works for you!

What to Serve on The Side

Simple Couscous Salad (Israeli/Pearl)
  • My Simple Couscous Salad is light, fresh, and the perfect complement for this dish. Just substitute mint for the basil that my original recipe calls for!
  • A Greek side salad
  • French fries or roasted potatoes
  • Fresh steamed or sautéed green beans or your favorite roasted veggies

Thank you so much for reading! If you give this recipe a try, please leave me a rating and review. This helps me get my recipes in front of a larger crowd 🙂 Happy cooking!

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Easy Lamb Burgers (Broiled in Oven) with Feta and Tzatziki Slaw


  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Super simple lamb burgers warmly spiced and broiled in your oven for only 6 minutes per side! These sizzling hot lamb patties are loaded with briny feta cheese crumbles, slathered with tangy Dijon mustard, and topped with a cool and crunchy tzatziki slaw. These flavors are completely irresistible!


Ingredients

Scale

Tzatziki Slaw

  • 3 cups store bought tri-colored coleslaw
  • 1 cup store bought tzatziki (I prefer Cedar’s brand – cucumber, garlic, and dill, but any tzatziki is fine!) 
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey 

Burgers

  • 1 pound ground lamb*
  • 4 hamburger buns (I use brioche buns with sesame seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Toppings

  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sliced tomato

Instructions

  1. Prepare the tzatziki slaw by combining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill until it is time to assemble the burgers. 
  2. Divide your ground lamb into four equal parts. Use each part to form 4 individual burger patties, making a thumb print right in the center of each patty. There should be a slight indentation.
  3. Use 1 total teaspoon of garam masala and 1 total teaspoon of kosher salt to season the four burgers. Sprinkle one side of the burgers with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala then flip them all over and season the other side with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Brush both sides with a little olive oil. 
  4. Toast your hamburger buns if desired.**
  5. Assemble your burgers and toppings however you like. This is how I make mine (from bottom to top)–> I like to layer the Dijon mustard on the bottom bun and cover that with crumbled feta cheese. Next, add your cooked burger patty, then a nice slice of tomato, and finally, spoon on the tzatziki slaw before adding your top bun. Then Enjoy this delicious creation you just made!

Notes

*You can substitute ground beef in this recipe if you prefer. I also love to double the recipe and use 1 pound each of ground lamb and 80/20 ground beef!

**I toast the hamburger buns in my toaster, but you can add some softened butter and toast them cut side down on a skillet or grill pan as well.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Inspired

Keywords: lamb burgers, feta cheese, tzatziki, oven, broiled

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4 Comments

  1. Entertaining read and looking forward to trying the dish.

  2. DELICIOUS! My husband told me I need to make the burgers a regular dish in the household. Loved the fresh mint & honey in the slaw & also the Dijon & feta combo in the burgers. So many flavors in one. Felt like I was eating at a trendy restaurant 😆

    • Thank you so much! I’m so happy y’all liked the burgers. 😊 I really love these flavor combos too and now I want to make them again this week at my house.

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