Morracan lamb burger

Let me first say that this recipe for Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce is not as complicated as it sounds. It is actually quite simple—and easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. These Salmon Burgers or Chili Lime Black Bean Burgers are also good options for a quick and easy burger craving.

But back to this recipe. What is harissa anyway? The North African condiment is made up of roasted red peppers, chili peppers, garlic, and other spices like coriander. You can make your own, but for the sake of a quick and easy dinner, I opted to buy the paste and mix it in with some plain Greek yogurt. The chili peppers make harissa spicy. No surprise, but I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spice. But if you like spicy food, feel free to swirl in more harissa with your yogurt.

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Since the yogurt sauce has some kick to it, I didn’t add too much heat to the lamb burgers. But if you are brave, you can amp up the spice with some cayenne pepper. This recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Moroccan lamb burgers. He chose to make a dry rub and grill the burgers. Instead, I combined spices with herbs like mint and mixed them throughout the ground lamb. I also didn’t grill my burgers—I’ve been living in a non-stop blizzard on the east coast.

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Cooking Tip:

When forming the patties together, you don’t want to squeeze them into a tight ball. Instead, gently form the lamb mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties and make a dimple in the center. The indent in the middle will help the burger cook evenly and will help keep its shape while cooking. For more burger-making advice, see my top 7 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger.

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Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers

Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

These Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce are quick and easy to prepare on a weeknight. Plus, they are full of spices, herbs, and flavor.


    For the Harissa-Yogurt Sauce:
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • For Serving
  • 4 brioche rolls, toasted
  • 1 tomato, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, harissa, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground lamb, mint, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 equal size 1/2-inch thick patties and make a thumbprint in the center. This will help keep the patties flat while cooking.
  3. Heat the oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side, flipping once. Transfer to a clean plate, tent with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the lamb burgers on toasted brioche rolls with tomato slices and a big smear of the spicy harissa-yogurt sauce.