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Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese

Found—the perfect Labor Day burger recipe! This version replaces ground beef with leaner, healthier lamb, and adds in tomato paste, currants, and spices to provide a little extra kick.

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Though you may have some mixed feelings about eating creatures as sweet as lambs (I’m with you), the fact is that lamb is one of the healthiest of meats. Being young, it hasn’t had the chance to accumulate as many toxins as older animals. And unlike beef, lamb is almost never “factory farmed,” although some Colorado lambs are “finished” at feedlots, and there are other isolated exceptions.Health-wise, lamb meat is much less likely to contain antibiotics, steroids, or hormones because the majority of lambs are pasture-raised. Most of the fat in lamb is actually monounsaturated, the kind found in olive oil and consumed in large amounts in the Mediterranean diet. And of course, lamb is a wonderful source of high-quality protein.

So take a break from those god-awful, nitrate-filled, mystery-meat hotdogs and that factory farmed, hormone-laden beef, and try this delicious and unusual burger instead.

Tips for Making a Juicy Burger

There are a couple keys to making terrific burgers. To keep them juicy, don’t over-handle the meat or pack the patties too tightly. You should mix the ingredients until they’re just incorporated, and pack them just tightly enough to hold together while cooking. To encourage even cooking on the grill, gently indent the centers of each patty with a spoon or your thumb. They will continue to cook for a few minutes once removed from the grill, so take that into consideration when you’re gauging doneness.



  • 1 lb. lean ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried currants (or 1/3 cup raisins)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 4 whole-grain sandwich thins
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 1 heirloom tomato, thickly sliced
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • ½ red onion, sliced into thin rings


  1. Preheat grill to medium low. Combine lamb, tomato paste, oats, currants, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper in large bowl. Mix ingredients together with your hands until incorporated.
  2. Form mixture into four ½-inch patties. Grill 4-5 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Place sandwich thins face down on grill for final 45
    seconds of cook time to warm and lightly toast them.
  3. Stack one lettuce leaf and one cooked patty on bottom half of each sandwich thin. Spread each burger with 1 Tbs. goat cheese, and top with tomato, red onion, and upper half of sandwich thin. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 burger
  • Calories 385
  • Carbohydrate Content 39 g
  • Cholesterol Content 83 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 8 g
  • Protein Content 34 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 948 mg
  • Sugar Content 12 g