The Ultimate Lamb Burger

Ottawa Athletic Club Recipe of the Week

June 19th, 2019

Cook up a taste of the Mediterranean with these juicy lamb burgers, topped with crisp tomatoes, lettuce, and a flavourful tzatziki dressing. They’re sure to become your go-to for the grilling season!

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The Ultimate Lamb Burger

Prep Time: 20 Mins                Cook Time: 15 Mins             Total Time: 35 mins


  • 500 grams ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 bunch parsley minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped finely
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika regular paprika OK too
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground

Tzatziki based yogurt condiment

  • 2/3 cup Whole fat greek style yogurt grass fed is preferable
  • 1/3 cucumber diced
  • 1 TBS Chopped mint
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Tzatziki based yogurt condiment

  1. Start by chopping cucumber into 1/4 inch cubes. Put the chopped cucumbers in a large colander and toss with a generous pinch of salt. Place a bowl under the colander and let the cucumbers sit for 20 minutes and allow water to drain.
  2. Then, put the cucumber in a bowl and add the yogurt, garlic and chopped mint, plus salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir everything together. Cover the tzatziki and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

The Burger

  1. Place all the burger ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined. Don’t be afraid, get your hands in there – it’s the only way.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 and roll each quarter into a large ball then squash to make a burger patty.
  3. Press a small dent in the centre of each burger (this is important) to help stop the burger from rising up too much in the middle.
  4. Preheat your grill (broiler) to medium high or prepare your BBQ.
  5. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes on each side or until done to your liking.
  6. Serve in burger buns from a bakery that uses organic flours with pure ingredients.
  7. Add a good dollop of tzatziki on top, a slice of tomato, and a few micro-greens or lettuce greens. (This adds a little crunch and a few more antioxidants)

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