Harissa Lamb Burger With Mozzarella Recipe

(2 ratings)

Preparation Time10 mins plus chilling
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories841 Kcal42%
Fat49 g70%
Saturated Fat26 g130%
Carbohydrates43 g17%

This lamb burger can be made in the kitchen or on the BBQ and comes with a hearty kick of spices.

Lamb can be a little on the fatty side so it works well with lots of flavours like harissa, mint and cumin - and the cooling mozzarella topping is the perfect balance of flavours.


  • 1-2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 1tbsp harissa paste
  • 1tsp dried mint
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 2 x 250g balls mozzarella

To serve

  • 4 burger buns
  • Slices of red onion
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Rocket


  1. Heat a little of the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened then remove from the heat.
  2. Mix together the lamb mince, harissa, mint, cumin and cooked onion in a bowl. Season. Form into 4 burgers and chill for 15 mins.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan over a medium heat. Cook the burgers for 5-6 mins on each side until nicely browned and cooked through. (To barbecue, sear on the hottest part of the grill on both sides then move to the side to cook through.)
  4. Split each mozzarella ball in half, top each burger and leave to melt while on the heat for a few mins. Allow them to rest for a few mins.
  5. Toast the cut side of the buns on the griddle or barbecue. Layer the rocket, onions and tomato, topped with burgers.
  6. Serve with chilli mayo or mustard.
Jane Curran

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