Lamb burger

Lamb burger

Ben's Meat Bible
Benito Martin


Quantity Ingredient
500g minced lamb
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Meat salt
oil, for frying
4 turkish buns, sliced in half
good-quality tzatziki
2 large handfuls wild rocket
4 tablespoons crumbled feta
2 tablespoons harissa paste, (see note)

Pickled cucumber relish

Quantity Ingredient
1 telegraph cucumber
1/2 red onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
white-wine vinegar, to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine the lamb with salt, pepper and mustard. Divide into 4 equal balls, throwing and slapping each one between your hands before pressing out into a patty. Place them in the refrigerator while you get on with the rest of the recipe.
  2. Make the pickled cucumber relish. Slice the cucumber and red onion as finely as possible, using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and sugar and allow to macerate for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the excess moisture and sprinkle with vinegar to taste – make it as sharp or as sweet as you like. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle the patties with a little meat salt just before cooking.
  4. To cook, heat a frying pan or a hotplate over medium–high heat. Lightly oil the surface and lay on the patties. Cook for 5–6 minutes on each side. Allow the patties to form a nice crust before you attempt to turn them; this will both enhance the texture and help prevent them breaking up. Flip the burgers and continue to cook until nicely browned. Once the patties are done, remove them from the heat and allow to rest.
  5. While the meat is resting, toast your bread buns, cut side only, until nicely golden brown.
  6. To serve, spread one half of each bun with some tzatziki. Divide the rocket between the buns, add some pickled cucumber relish and crumble over the feta. Finally, top with the lamb patties and lashings of harissa. Sandwich with the other half of the bread and eat immediately.


  • Harissa paste is a hot red pepper paste from North Africa. It is a mixture of peppers, dried red chillies, garlic and spices. You can buy it from good independent delis or large supermarkets.
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