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Grilled Lamb Burgers with Harissa Aioli, melty cheese, arugula and pickled onions served on a toasted Brioche Bun. Bacon optional.;) #lambburger #grilledlamb #harissa #harissaburger #bestburger

Grilled Lamb Burger with Harissa Aioli

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Category: main, lamb recipes, grilled
  • Method: grilled
  • Cuisine: moroccan


Grilled Lamb Burgers with Harissa Aioli, melty cheese, arugula and pickled onions served on a Toasted Brioche Bun. Bacon optional.


Lamb burgers
  • 1 lb organic ground lamb ( or beef, or combo) – makes 3 burgers
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ¼ C very finely diced onion, shallot or scallion
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Harissa Aioli  Recipe:


  • 3 brioche buns
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • sliced tomato -optionial
  • 3 oz. Mahon cheese sliced (or any melty cheese- jack, provolone, cheddar, edam, gouda)
  • Quick pickled onions
  • crispy bacon (totally optional)



  1. If making the harissa paste from scratch, do this first or make ahead.
  2. Make the Harissa Aioli- whisking mayo with harissa paste, or spices in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Make quick pickled red onions and refrigerate them.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  5. Make the burgers: In a medium bowl, using your hands, combine ground lamb with onion, garlic, spices, salt and pepper, just to combine, being careful to not over mix. Form patties and  set aside.
  6. Crisp bacon slices (if using) and set on paper towel.
  7.  Slice the cheese.
  8. When the grill is hot, grease the grates and grill lamb patties 4-5 minutes on each side, closing the lid. Cook to the desired doneness see post above for temps. During the last minute of grilling, top with the cheese to melt it and toast buns at the same time.
  9.  Assemble. Once cheese has melted, assemble. Spread harissa aioli on both sides of the buns, layer the lamb burgers, optional bacon, arugula, tomatoes and pickled onions and then, the bun top.
  10. Serve immediately!


Feel free to double or triple the recipe!

If you don’t have a grill, feel free to pan sear in a greased skillet or grill pan on the stove.

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