Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for modified food starch in the yogurt. Use gluten-free hamburger buns.


"If you throw a lamb chop in the oven, what's to keep it from getting done?"
-Joan Crawford in the movie "The Women", written by Anita Loos

The refrigerator light goes on...

Here's another place where yogurt cheese works to enrich a recipe. Using the yogurt cheese to bind the burgers works but yogurt doesn't. Not sure what it is in the whey that will not let you keep the burgers for any longer than about an hour after making them - most likely it's the protein.


Mike's Lamb Burgers

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 four ounce burger

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

The pre-cooked burgers keep well for about 24 hours in the fridge.

Note: Those who are gluten-sensitive will want to use a gluten-free hamburger bun. For that reason, the Nutrition Facts in this recipe do not include the bun.

Serve with Waldorf Salad or Romaine with Heirloom Tomatoes with Orange Vinaigrette and Romano Cheese or Roasted Eggplant Salad or Jicama Salad or Cole Slaw or Healthy Caesar Salad or Salad with Sweet Soy Dressing and Goat Cheese or Zucchini Salad

2 tsp fresh ginger (minced)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 shallot (finely chopped)
1 red chili pepper (deseeded and finely chopped)
1/8 tsp ground cumin
4 cardamom seeds
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup cilantro leaves (coarsely chopped)
1/8 tsp ground allspice
2 Tbsp yogurt cheese
1 lb lean lamb mince
1 small egg white
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
spray olive oil
4 whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns

Mix all the ingredients together until well blended. Let stand at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place a large non-stick grill pan in the oven while the oven is preheating.

While the oven is preheating form the lamb into four burgers. Folding the meat inside waxed paper helps you to make the burgers the right thickness without sticking to the counter.

When the pan is hot spray lightly with olive oil and place the burgers in to sear. Return the pan to the oven. Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side and turn. Cook for about 3 minutes on the other side for rare and longer for medium-rare or medium.

Alternatively, these burgers can be cooked well on the barbeque grill. Timing will be similar.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 four ounce burger without bun

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 219 Calories from Fat 94
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10g 16%
    Saturated Fat 3g 17%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 475mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 47% Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 7% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 10 mcg Potassium 499 mg
Magnesium 37 mg