Goat Cheese-Stuffed Lamb Burgers


These herb-studded lamb burgers come with a surprise inside: a pocket of creamy goat cheese. For a tender burger, mix the lamb and seasonings until just combined and gently shape the patties. Add some pickled red onions for a bright accent.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Lamb Burgers
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 burgers


  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 (4 ounce) goat cheese log

  • 4 (2 ounce) brioche buns, split and toasted

  • 2 cups loosely packed arugula

  • ¼ cup prepared garlic aioli

  • ¼ cup pickled red onions, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Stir together ground lamb, garlic, mint, dill, salt, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and cayenne in a large bowl until just combined.

  2. Shape lamb mixture into four 3-inch patties. Slice goat cheese log into 4 equal pieces. Place one goat cheese piece in the center of each patty and carefully wrap edges around cheese to enclose. Gently flatten each into a 4 inch patty.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat (450°F to 650°F) or a stovetop griddle to medium-high heat. Oil grate or griddle.

  4. Grill patties until an instant-read thermometer inserted into centers registers 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) and goat cheese melts, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  5. Serve burgers on buns with arugula, aioli, and pickled red onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

678 Calories
49g Fat
29g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 678
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 946mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 30g
Potassium 440mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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