The New All-American Lamburger


June 24, 2022

Recipe provided by the American Lamb Board (The New All-American Lamburger | American Lamb).


1 1/3 lbs Ground American lamb

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Vegetable oil, for greasing

4 ounces American blue cheese - Point Reyes Blue, Rogue Creamery, Oregon Blue or Maytag Blue, cut into 4 slices or crumbled

4 Hamburger buns - preferably whole wheat, brioche, or pretzel buns

1 large Heirloom tomatoes, cut into 4 thick slices

4 Butter lettuce leaves

1/4 cup Pickled red onions

Optional Condiments



Whole grain mustard



1Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill.

2In a large bowl, mix the lamb with a few big pinches of salt and several grinds of pepper, tossing gently with the tines of a fork; be careful not to mash the meat. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form hamburger patties, pressing gently to shape.

3Grease the grill grates with oil. Place the burgers on the hottest part of the grill and cook, turning once, until a nice crust forms on each side and they are medium-rare to medium in the middle, 7 to 10 minutes. Move the burgers to a cooler part of the grill as needed to avoid blackening or flare-ups. Transfer the burgers to a platter and immediately top with the blue cheese.

4Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut side down, until toasted, about 1 minute. Place a hamburger in each bun.

5Arrange the tomato slices, lettuce leaves, pickled onions, and any additional condiments on a large serving tray. Serve the burgers and toppings at the table, and let everyone assemble their own perfect lamburger.