American Lamb Burgers with Pickled Shallots & Herb Sauce


June 23, 2022

Recipe provided by Lamb Burgers with Pickled Shallots & Herb Sauce - The Original Dish, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (American Lamb Burgers with Pickled Shallots & Herb Sauce | American Lamb).


Quick-Pickled Shallots

1 lb Shallots, thinly sliced (5-6 shallots)

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Water

2 cup Champagne Vinegar

Herb Sauce

3 cups Parsley, lightly packed & roughly chopped

1/4 cup Dill leaves, roughly chopped

1/4 cup Basil leaves, roughly chopped

1/4 cup oregano leaves

1/4 cup Mint leaves, finely chopped

1 cup Extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp Red wine vinegar

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 Lemon, zested & juiced

Kosher salt

Lamb Burgers

4 lbs Ground American lamb

Kosher salt

Vegetable oil

12 Brioche burger buns, sliced

12 slices Gouda cheese

Mayo, as needed

Watercress, as needed

4 Radishes, thinly shaved


Quick-Pickled Shallots

1Place the sliced shallots into a heat-proof bowl.

2Combine the sugar, water, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring the liquid to a simmer and allow the sugar to dissolve.

3Pour the pickling liquid over the shallots, making sure all of the shallots are submerged.

4Let sit for about 30 minutes, or until the burgers are ready. When ready to use, drain off the liquid. Store any remaining shallots in the liquid in the fridge for another use.

Herb Sauce

1Combine the chopped parsley, dill, basil, oregano, and mint in a bowl. Stir in the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

2Season with salt to taste. Set aside.

Lamb Burger

1Heat the grill with one section over high heat and another over medium-low heat.

2Place the ground lamb into a large mixing bowl. Add a heaping palmful of salt. Use your hands to break up the meat and mix well.

3Form the meat into 12 flat patties (approximately 5.3 oz each). Place them onto a sheet pan and coat each one with a drizzle of oil.

4Place the patties onto the hot part of the grill. Sear on both sides until slightly charred, about 1-2 minutes per side (depending on how hot your grill is). Transfer the patties to the medium-low heat. Cover the grill and cook for another few minutes until finished through.

5Open the buns and place them onto the grill, cut-side down, for a minute or two until toasted.

6Meanwhile, place a slice of gouda cheese on top of each lamb patty. Cover the grill again and let the cheese melt for just about 30 seconds.

7To assemble each burger: spread mayo onto both sides of the toasted bun, place a small mound of watercress onto the bottom bun, place the burger with gouda on top, pile the shallots onto the burger, add a few radish slices, spoon the herb sauce over top, and close the top bun.