Lamb Burger with salsa verde Recipe

Lamb Burger with salsa verde Recipe. Image credit: Unsplash

A juicy and incredibly flavourful Lamb Burger with salsa verde

Lamb is perfect for burgers. Ideally, choose mince that’s not too lean, as the fat makes the burger really succulent.

Lamb Burger with salsa verde Recipe

Lamb Burger with salsa verde Recipe. Image credit: Unsplash

Burgers always go down well at any house or for any occasion. One of the reasons why I love burgers so much is that you can do so much with it, like this lamb burger for instance.

One thing that really transforms this lamb burger is the accompanying salsa verde. The recipe is packed with flavour from the aromatic herbs, salty anchovy and tangy lime. My three year old son loves it, especially with sausages or fish fingers! As a chef, I finely chop all the ingredients by hand, but if you’re short on time, blitzing in a food processor will takes seconds and the result isn’t bad.

I serve these topped with sour dough croutons, with a salad on the side, but of course you can choose to go down the traditional burger bun route if you prefer.

Lamb Burger with Salsa Verde

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Petrus Madutlela Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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Succulent and full of flavour. A lamb burger anyone who enjoys lamb would be excited to eat.


  • Burger ingredients:
  • 500 g 500 lamb mince

  • 1 tbsp 1 finely chopped mint

  • 1/2 1/2 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 75 ml 75 soya sauce

  • 1 tsp 1 ground cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Green sauce ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp 1 capers

  • 1 clove 1 garlic peeled and chopped

  • 2 2 anchovies, finely chopped

  • Small bunch of mint, leaves only

  • Small bunch of basil, leaves only

  • Small bunch of tarragon

  • Handful of flat leaf parsley

  • Juice and zest of 1 lime

  • 75 ml 75 extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • To serve
  • 1/2 1/2 sourdough loaf

  • Olive oil

  • 2 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • Salt & pepper

  • Or alternatively, burger buns, lightly toasted


  • In a large bowl, use your hands to mix all the ingredients for the lamb burger. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Divide into 4 even portions and hand mould into burgers.
  • For the sauce, finely chop the capers, garlic, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Stir in the oil, lime zest & juice. Season to taste.
  • To make the croutons, pre heat your oven to 180°C, std 200°C gas 6. Cut your loaf in half and cut the crust off the part you are using for croutons. Tear the bread into approx 2cm chunks.
  • Add the oil, seasoning and garlic to a large bowl. Toss the bread in the oil mix.
  • Place the bread chunks on a large baking sheet and bake for 15 mins, turning half way through, until golden brown.
  • Fry, griddle or braai the burgers over medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Serve the burgers drizzled with salsa verde, a sprinkling of croutons and a salad.

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