Raisin Lamb Burgers with Mint Yogurt Sauce

6 | December 3, 2012

Not to toot my own horn, but this is by far one of the best lamb burgers I’ve ever had. No, seriously. It’s my favorite meal I’ve made with raisins since joining up with California Raisins as one of their raisin ambassadors. The combinations in this burger create layers of flavor that will have you practically inhaling it. I know we did. Savory, slightly sweet, and fresh, this Raisin Lamb Burger with Mint Yogurt Sauce is the perfect combination and will most likely end up on your weekly menu a lot. Cheers!

Raisin Lamb Burgers with Mint Yogurt Sauce serves 4

lamb burgers

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • arugula, sliced tomatoes

mint yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch kosher salt
In a skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until golden. They’ll toast relatively fast so don’t walk away like I obviously did.
In a large bowl, combine the toasted pine nuts, lamb, egg, raisins, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Divide the mixture into four equal parts.
With your hands, create four burger sized patties.
Place the burgers on a non-stick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Sear for 4 minutes. With a spatula, flip the burgers and cook for an additional 4 minutes for a medium to medium well cooked burger. For a medium rare burger, cook the burgers 3 minutes a side.
Slice the ciabatta rolls in half. Toast the buns in a toaster or under the broiler in the oven until golden.
For the mint sauce: combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Place a lamb burger on a ciabatta bun and spoon mint yogurt sauce on top. Next, add a few arugula leaves and slices of tomato if desired. Serve and devour.
It’s… Just… So… Good!
Good, I tell you!



  • Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks

    Wow! I wish I had seen this earlier, because I want this for dinner and not the enchiladas I’ve got baking in the oven! Looks amazing :)

  • Kim

    This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it, thank you for posting!

  • Amanda Thompson

    I’ve never been a big fan of lamb but this makes me want to give it another shot ~ your burgers look delicious!

  • Manuella

    I’m making these tomorrow. So excited!!!

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