August 25, 2020

All-American Bistro Lamb Burger


Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

30 min



one whole lamb burger on a counter on top of a piece of parchment


  • 2 pounds ground American Lamb
  • Salt and pepper to taste          
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 purple onions, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons mild red pepper paste
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove, (minced)
  • 8 brioche buns
  • 2-3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup torn sweet basil leaves
  • 8 slices sharp white cheddar


Form the ground lamb into 8 patties. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the patties generously with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers in batches 3-4 minutes per side in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

While the lamb cooks, in a separate skillet, sauté the onions over medium heat in the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until golden and caramelized, roughly 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix the mayo, red pepper paste, lemon, garlic, and a touch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

Sizzle the buns in the onion pan and begin assembling the bistro style burgers. Smear the top and bottom bun with the flavorful red pepper aioli, place a handful of arugula and basil leaves on the bottom bun, then the lamb burger, then cheese, caramelized onions, and the top bun. Enjoy!

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

lamb burger without a top bun; caramelized onions on topped of the patty
whole lamb burger on parchment
thermometer timer illustration
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