Lamb Burgers Topped with Mâche Salad

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes


4 burgers

These juicy lamb burgers are mounded with a generous portion of greens and sandwiched on a crusty bun.


  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest, preferably Meyer lemon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey, preferably orange-blossom honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb, preferably from the leg 
  • 4 sandwich buns, preferably whole-wheat
  • 4 cups mâche (lamb’s lettuce), or coarsely chopped butterhead lettuce
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves


  1. Whisk oil, 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, mustard, poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, chives, garlic, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add lamb and gently knead until combined. Form into 4 patties.
  3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the patties; cook until there is just a hint of pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, warm or toast buns, if desired. Add mâche (or lettuce) and mint to the bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Place the lamb burgers on the buns and top with salad greens (a generous 3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Information

Calories: 343, Carbohydrates: 30 g., Fat: 12 mg., Saturated Fat: 3 mg., Monounsaturated Fat: 6 mg., Protein: 29 mg., Cholesterol: 73 g., Fiber: 5 g., Postassium: mg., Sodium: 732 mg., Added Sugars: 4 mg.