I love making these flavorful lamb burgers stuffed with creamy, delicious goat cheese. I use basil and oregano in mine, but feel free to use your favorite herbs and spices, this recipe is very forgiving. Using fresh rosemary in the goat cheese filling will give the burgers a real Greek flavor. Serve the burgers on hamburger buns or pita bread with tzatziki sauce, or on their own with a Greek salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 burgers
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onions in the oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

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  • Gently knead together the softened onions, lamb, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture into 6 parts and roll into balls, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Mix together the goat cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, basil, and oregano until well combined; cover and chill for 5 minutes.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.

  • Working with one portion of meat at a time, make an indentation in the center of the ball with your thumb. Fill the indentation with a heaping tablespoon of the goat cheese mixture. Gently pull and form the meat patty around the cheese filling, making a burger-shaped patty. Repeat with each ball of the lamb mixture.

  • Grill the patties on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and well done, about 8 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

484 calories; protein 33.7g; carbohydrates 15.8g; fat 31g; cholesterol 147.1mg; sodium 2070.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2008
Brilliant! I used less salt like 'Debbie L' suggested too and i also made the middle a bidder space so it was easier to spoon in the cheese mix and then fold it over and flatten ready to grill. My other half LOVED these too and it's hard to get him to like anything! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2017
I think I would make it again but I would use CONSIDERABLY less salt. The salt was way too much. I thought it might have been a typo and should have used my better judgement and used less. I ended up throwing the rest of the burgers after I tried one. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2008
Brilliant! I used less salt like 'Debbie L' suggested too and i also made the middle a bidder space so it was easier to spoon in the cheese mix and then fold it over and flatten ready to grill. My other half LOVED these too and it's hard to get him to like anything! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2008
Delicious and easy. My husband loved them. I used garlic and herb goats cheese and didn't add the fresh herbs to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
Loved the flavor but half the cheese melted out since I didn't make sure they were sealed. My sister in law recommended I try freezing the goat cheese in a flat disc shape then wrapping the meat around so I will try that next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2008
Very good! I shaped the burgers in an oval shape so we could wrap them in pitas easier. Note: I did not add as much salt as the recipe called for-- it just seemed like too much. Is it a typo maybe? I used about 1/2 tsp. and it was fine (and I like my food salty!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2011
The original recipe was great but I have a few recommendations. Cut back a lil bit on the lamb and add some beef... lamb can be really greasy and the beef can soak up some of the great making it easier to eat. Also suggestions for toppings tomatoes lettuce and/or sauteed onions/mushrooms. Oh and you don't want to put ketchup/mustard on this burger so to mix it up spread some hummus onto the bread and add a little feta cheese... really bomb. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2008
These lamb burgers were delicious and so easy to make. Even my roommate who lives off mac & cheese loved them. A sure crowd pleaser and highly recommended! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2008
Oh my gosh! Love this recipe! I'm a huge fan of goat cheese and these have a great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2012
These were great! Both my hubby and brother-in-law loved them...especially the goat cheese middle. I did cut back on the salt and used herb goat cheese. I served on buns and topped them with tomato red onion lettuce and tzatziki...yum! Will definitely make these again and maybe eat in pitas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
Loooved it! I found out I was out of bread crumbs as I was making it so I ground up some pretzels I had in the pantry instead served these on pita with a little mayo and they were fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2017
I think I would make it again but I would use CONSIDERABLY less salt. The salt was way too much. I thought it might have been a typo and should have used my better judgement and used less. I ended up throwing the rest of the burgers after I tried one. Read More
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