California Grilled Lamb Burger with Cumin Yogurt Recipe -
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California Grilled Lamb Burger with Cumin Yogurt

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"Fennel, coriander, oregano, and red pepper flavors - from Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles, California - add heat and spice to the lamb, while the yogurt cools and refreshes the palate."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Toast fennel and coriander seeds, in a preheated dry skillet over medium heat, about 30 seconds or until aromatic. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds in small bowl or with a mortar and pestle. In same skillet, saute the shallots in the olive oil until translucent and just starting to color. Add the oregano and thyme. Immediately remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Combine remaining spices, salt and lamb in a medium bowl. Mix gently, shape into 6 patties.
  3. Toast cumin seeds, in a preheated, dry skillet over medium heat, about 30 seconds or until aromatic. Remove from skillet. Crush in small bowl or with a mortar and pestle. Combine yogurt with the toasted cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Grill the burgers over medium heat to desired doneness. Serve with grilled sourdough bread or hamburger buns. Top with cumin yogurt.
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Mar 19, 2006

This spice blend is EXCEPTIONAL!!! I have to say, I didn't use it as a burger but was looking for a lamb marinade to make grilled pieces of lamb/bone in. This is to die for marinade and my lamb-loving husband loved it! Toasting the seeds makes all the takes on a different flavor when toasted. I just combined all the ingredients including the yogurt. Didn't have shallots so used 2 tsp. onion powder, used fresh parsley, and didn't have cumin seeds so used 1/2 tsp. ground cumin. Did add 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar to this marinade. The lamb pieces were done in oven broiler pan and were so incredibly tender after marinating for about 7 hours. I can't wait to try these as burgers this summer on the grill. Hamburger could easily be replaced for the ground lamb, as it is less expensive. With the spice blend, they taste a little like italian sausage (due to the fennel) and a gyro. DON'T BE AFRAID TO TRY THIS AS A MARINADE FOR MEATS BY DOING AS I DID ABOVE! Thanks for this wonderful favorite for my husband. The only thing I would do differently next time is maybe cut down on the fennel by 1/2 tsp. I also found that the fennel seeds got a bit browner than the coriander so would add the coriander first to the hot pan.

Apr 02, 2009

3/31/09-I just made this again last night with turkey and they were so good. I didn't have yogurt so I just used sour cream and it worked out great. I love this recipe. Wow, wow, wow!!!! This is an amazing combination of flavors. Make this exactly as written and you won't be disappointed.


8 Ratings

Jul 08, 2006

This is the best recipe for lamb burgers! I like to add 2 - 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro, 3 - 4 cloves chopped garlic and 1/2 cup chopped onion. Also, I double the yogurt recipe and add a few cloves of chopped garlic to that. Everyone likes to dip bread into it. My kids call it "crazy delicious". We have had this nearly every week since the first time I made it.

Apr 24, 2006

this was great!!! the herbs and the lamb combo, delicious. grilled outside and served on sourdough bread. my family voted unanimously that these were the BEST burgers ever and we have made MANY through the years. the leftover yogurt is good served with chunks of crusty sourdough bread.

Jul 08, 2006

These are delicious! We have actually made with half ground lamb and half ground venison. I serve with rolls or pita bread, and everyone loves them. Highly recommended!

Dec 06, 2006

These turned out great. I didn't have the coriander or fennel seeds and didn't even make the yogurt part. Ate them like traditional burgers and they were delicious. My husband loved it. My toddler would have, but the cayenne and paprika made it somewhat spicy - yum!


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  • Calories
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 21.4 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 519 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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