Curried Lamb Burgers and Mint Raita

April 28, 2011


Burgers are an easy lunch staple for batch cooking. They’re quick and versatile. I try to make either lamb or turkey burgers since I otherwise eat a lot of beef. One way to spruce up burgers is to use lots of seasonings, like this modified epicurious curried lamb burger recipe. I didn’t find them spicy at all, just flavourful, but the mint raita went very well with them. Sauces, raitas, aiolis, etc. are a great way to dress up burgers. The recipe also calls for some grilled zucchini with green onions and chile as a side, which I’m sure would taste great, but I passed on it. I tend to eat my lunches cold, and zucchini straight from the fridge didn’t really appeal to me.



  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (preferably Greek-style)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/4 tsp finely grated lime peel
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  • ghee
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons peeled fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper, divided



1. Mix all ingredients in bowl.

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Chill in fridge, at least 30 minutes.


1. Heat ghee in large skillet over medium heat.

2. Add onion, ginger, and 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté until onion is tender (about 8 minutes). Add curry powder and stir 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Cool for at least 15 minutes.

3. Place lamb in large bowl. Add onion mixture, 1 tsp salt, cilantro, and 1 tsp pepper. Mix gently by hand. Shape into six 1/2” thick patties.

4. Grill burgers (we ended up baking ours, but I think I prefer grilled).

5. Serve dollop of raita over burgers.


Shared with Real Food Wednesdays.

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Melissa @ Dyno-mom June 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

These look so great! I shared them on my blog FB. I will have to try them, soon. I am already hungry.


[email protected] June 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy them :)


Carly April 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

People on the Autoimmune Protocol can’t have milk (including yogurt) or seed based spices such as cumin, curry, etc. A lot of your recipes include items that aren’t allowed on the Autoimmune Protocol, so just thought you should be aware of this.


[email protected] April 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Thanks for stopping by. If you are looking for autoimmune specific recipes, there are some on my recipe page under the last heading: Autoimmune Protocol Friendly.


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