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Lamb and Feta Burger
with arugula salad

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min
Branch out from ground turkey with our Mediterranean lamb burger. This simple burger patty goes gourmet with a dollop of our already made eggplant and red pepper pesto. Our vegetarian option is a grilled cheese with a slather of pesto.
Smarts: Burger patties freeze well so you can easily double this recipe, grill them up and then freeze individual cooked patties.


Lamb and Feta Burger with Eggplant and Red Pepper Pesto:
  • Parsley - 1/4 bunch , chopped
  • Lamb, ground - 1 1/4 lbs
  • Cheese, feta - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Burger buns - 4 (Or try slider buns or even English muffins)
  • Homemade roasted eggplant and red pepper pesto (leftover from Monday) - 1 cup
Arugula and Feta Salad:
  • Maple syrup - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Arugula - 4 oz
  • Cheese, feta (opt) - 2 oz


  1. Make patties - Chop parsley. Mix ground lamb with chopped parsley, feta, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Divide into 3” (7.5 cm) wide and ¾” (1.9 cm) thick patties. Cover and refrigerate if not grilling within 30 minutes. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

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  1. If making burgers on the grill: Preheat grill to 500F (260C) degrees. Brush grill grates with oil and then place patties over direct heat. Grill on opposite sides for ~4 minutes each with cover closed. Buns can be toasted on grill for the last 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. If making burgers on stovetop / oven: Heat oven to 400F (204C) degrees. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with some oil and then place patties on heated oil. Sear on each side for ~2 minutes. Transfer to oven and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until lamb reaches 160F (71C) degrees. Toast buns in the oven for the last 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Cover patties with foil and let rest for at least 5 minutes.
  4. While patties are resting, whisk together maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Dress arugula in vinaigrette.
  6. Warm up pesto as needed. Assemble burgers with patties, pesto, and a small handful of arugula. Enjoy with rest of the arugula salad on the side. Garnish with some feta (if using).



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