Cheesy Lamb Burgers With Herb Mayo


If you’re looking for a quick dinner and a fresh take on burger night, look no further. These simple lamb burgers come together quickly with just a few ingredients. A salt-and-pepper patty gets quickly grilled, then topped with a gooey slice of Havarti cheese. All that’s left to do is stir onion-y chives and peppery basil into some mayo and you’ve got dinner. To bulk it up, serve with roasted sweet potato wedges, which play well with the juicy lamb and salty cheese, or throw together a quick tomato-cucumber salad. Pair with a tart white wine that can cut through the dish’s richness.

Cheesy Lamb Burgers With Herb Mayo Recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves


  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Canola oil, for grill grates

  • 4 1-oz. slices Havarti cheese

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 4 Bibb lettuce leaves

  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and lightly toasted


  1. Combine lamb, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Shape into 4 (½-inch thick) patties.

  2. Preheat grill to medium (350°F to 400°F) and oil grates. Grill patties, flipping once until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 160°F, about 4 minutes per side. Top each patty with cheese during the last minute of cooking. Let patties rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Stir mayonnaise, chives, basil, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Assemble burgers with lettuce, patties, and mayonnaise mixture on toasted rolls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

660 Calories
46g Fat
31g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 908mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 32g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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