Spiced Lamb Burgers

These spiced lamb burgers are topped with apricot goat cheese and lots of peppery arugula. These are the perfect change to your normal burger night.

Spiced Lamb Burger by Nutmeg Nanny

Growing up we ate homemade burgers at least once a week. Usually they were the same each and every week – grilled ground beef topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, yellow mustard and ketchup. Totally delicious but nothing to really rave about.

As soon as I started experimenting in my own kitchen I knew the burger was where I was going to start. At first I started with different toppings and then I started experimenting with different types of ground meats. It took me a long time to finally try ground lamb because my dad was never a fan. He talks about the one time he tried lamb in Canada and how horribly awful it was. I still think he must have been given mutton instead of delicious spring lamb. I know this because my grilled lamb is not even close to horribly awful. {Trust me!}

Spiced Lamb Burger by Nutmeg Nanny

When Kita of Girl Carnivore asked me if I wanted to participate in Burger Month I didn’t even hesitate to say “of course!” I would never turn down the chance to make another burger for the blog. Especially since I only seem to have two burger recipes {smoked blue cheese patty melt & Greek chicken burgers} my blog is lacking in that department!

These spiced lam burgers are made with tons of spices and topped with fresh crumbled apricot goat cheese and arugula. I love the sweet bite of apricot mixed with the lamb but regular crumbled goat cheese would work just as well. Trust me, if you’re a fan of lamb you have to give these burgers a try.

Spiced Lamb Burger by Nutmeg Nanny

Also be sure to scroll down and enter in the fun giveaway for Burger Month. Lots of goodies up for grabs!


Spiced Lamb Burgers

These spiced lamb burgers are topped with apricot goat cheese and lots of peppery arugula. These are the perfect change to your normal burger night.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1-1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 2 teaspoons sherry
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 brioche buns
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup apricot crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup arugula


In a large bowl add lamb, garlic, parsley, mint, sherry, oregano, cumin, coriander, crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper. Using your hands mix the meat together and divide into 4 patties.

Either grill the patties over medium/high heat or fry the burgers with a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until desired doneness. Please keep in mind that you will get the juiciest burger by cooking them medium rare.

Baste the inside of the cut open brioche bun with olive oil and lightly toast. Top each bun with burger, 1/4 cup goat cheese and 1/4 cup arugula.

16 Responses to “Spiced Lamb Burgers”

  1. #
    Christie - Food Done Light — July 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Love all the flavor in this wonderful lamb burger.

  2. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh yum a lamb burger! I have never seen apricot goat cheese but I bet it tastes great with the lamb and arugula.

  3. #
    Melanie | Melanie Makes — July 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Such a gorgeous burger – and that goat cheese?! Swoon!

  4. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’ve never seen apricot goat cheese — do you think I could add chopped apricots to plain crumbled goat cheese? I love the combo of apricots and lamb.

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    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — July 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    My favorite burger creation is jerk-spiced beef burger topped with jack cheese and pineapple-lime salsa.

  6. #
    Julia — July 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What a great idea to make lamb burgers spicy–two of my favorite things. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. #
    Suné Moolman — July 24, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This really looks awesome. Apricot crumbled goats cheese? … this is going to be legendary!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — July 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    since i dont beef – lamb burgers are my absolute favorite!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    What a treat, lamb. I grew up on a farm and it was common. Now ground lamb is almost an oddity in the markets. Looks delish—–I could easily sit on my deck and enjoy one of these on a soft summer evening.

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    Connie @ Sprig and Flours — July 26, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I am not a big fan of lamb or goat cheese, but this recipe might just convert me! It looks too delicious to pass up!

  11. #
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — July 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Wow! That’s an amazing looking burger! I’m not a lamb fan, but you might have me converted just by the beauty of this!

  12. #
    kita — July 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I just had my first lamb burger the other night… OMG! And I can’t wait for another. I want to get in my kitchen and test out this recipe right away. Where did you get the apricot goat cheese? I need that in my life too.

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    Joanne — July 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

    My family was always big on eating boring burgers also. It’s so much more fun to mix it up! And spice it up, as the case may be. These sound great.

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    Erin — July 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I love a good classic burger, but mixing it up is just so much more fun. Love the lamb version!


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