October 8, 2019

Harissa Goat Cheese American Lamb Burgers + Spicy Fries


Recipe by 

"The Food Joy"

Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

40 min


4 to 6

Harissa Goat Cheese American Lamb Burgers + Spicy Fries



  • 2 pounds ground American Lamb
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, as needed
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

Harissa Goat Cheese

  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste (more if you want it spicier)
  • 5 ounces softened goat cheese

Spicy Fries

  • 1 bag frozen French fries
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder


  • Bibb lettuce
  • 4 brioche buns 


For the French Fries: Cook fries according to packaging. 

For the Burger: While fries are in the oven, form four patties from the ground lamb (1/2 pound each).  Season each side liberally with salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat; add butter.  Cook burgers on each side about 4 minutes for medium-rare. 

While burgers are cooking, mix harissa paste into goat cheese; season with salt and pepper. 

When fries are finished, place in a large mixing bowl; season with salt, pepper and about 3 parts paprika to 1 part chili powder, to taste. Mix the seasoning around so that it evenly covers all the fries. 

Let burgers rest 1 to 2 minutes before serving. Place each burger on a bun, topped with Harissa Goat Cheese and Bibb lettuce. 

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

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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