Recipe: Lamb Breakfast Patties

October 5, 2012


Paleo breakfasts are enough of a departure from the Standard American Diet breakfast of cereals, toast, and pastries. But throw eggs out for an elimination or Autoimmune Protocol diet, and you’re really left scratching your head. Fear not. These scrumptious lamb patties go down so easy you’ll be wishing every meal was breakfast. And with these it can be. I liked the cute miniature size for brekkie, but if you prefer, you can make them into regular sized patties for lunch or dinner. Either way, these juicy and flavorful patties are bound to please.


(makes 12 mini patties: 4-6 servings)

  • 1.5lbs ground lamb
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • fat of choice: coconut oil/ghee/tallow


1) Heat fat in large pan over medium high heat.

2) Fry the onion, ginger, garlic, and spices until onions are soft (5-8 minutes).

3) Take onions off frying pan and allow to cool.

4) Mix the onion mixture with ground lamb by hand, just until combined (don’t overwork the meat).

5) Gently shape the ground lamb into patties.

6) Heat fat in pan.

7) Fry the patties 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through to desired level of doneness. I prefer medium-well (approx. 150°F – can check doneness with meat thermometer).

(free of: gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, nightshades, sugar)

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Mickey October 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

These look fantastic! I’d need to leave out the cumin and cardamom since I also avoid seeds on the autoimmune protocol. I always make my patties out of beef but lamb would be a nice way to change things up :).



[email protected] October 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hey, thanks for the comment about seeds! And lamb is a great way to mix things up, plus it’s super flavorful!


Leah October 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I am going to try this with goat. One of ours accidentally strangled herself and ended up in the freezer so I’ve been looking for new recipes. This sounds tasty! Thanks.


[email protected] October 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I’ve never had ground goat before! But I’d imagine this recipe would be great with goat – the herbs/spices should work well.


RM March 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

These were really good, I used the lamb and all the spices….my only suggestion would be that with really good lamb, you only need half the onion. The whole onion tends to dominate the flavor, and you can not pick up the other subtle undertones..will fix again..


[email protected] March 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Glad you enjoyed these and thanks for your feedback! :)


Cheryl July 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Just curious if you have ever made a huge batch and frozen any of them? If so, what was your process of reheating? I have two kids to get going with me every morning and by the time I finish getting them dressed and getting their stuff together I am rushing to get out the door lol. I am looking for a satisfying breakfast for the 3 of us that can be made ahead and heated back up.


[email protected] July 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Hi Cheryl. I’ve never frozen these patties in particular, but in general, hamburger patties are fine to freeze – just don’t thaw and refreeze them. Most people form the patties and then freeze them raw. But I’ve frozen stuff like baked meatloaf before no problem, so I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze the cooked burgers if you wanted to as well. Either way, separate them with some waxed or parchment paper so they don’t stick. I imagine most people would use a microwave to reheat, but I don’t use microwaves, so I would just re-heat them in the oven. Let me know how it goes!


Kate {Eat, Recycle, Repeat} January 7, 2014 at 1:45 AM

YUM! These look so good. And I love the grill pan situation you’ve got going on there


[email protected] January 8, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Thanks! Yah, the grill pan comes in handy since I live in a condo and don’t have an actual grill. It does some up the condo pretty good though! :P


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