Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers

These juicy ground lamb burgers are flavored before grilling with a simple blend of spices common to the cuisine of Morocco. To accent the flavor further, we repeated the same spices in an easy, seasoned ketchup that’s finished with a bit of fresh mint. Serve on soft rolls with grilled onion and sliced ripe tomato.

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Juicy, grilled lamb burgers flavored with a Moroccan-inspired blend of garlic and spices and topped with fresh tomato, grilled onions and seasoned ketchup.


  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 slices (1/4-inch thick) sweet onion
  • 4 round sandwich rolls, sliced
  • 4 slices ripe tomato

For the spiced ketchup:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped


  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high temperature (about 400°F).
  2. Combine the ground lamb, tomato paste, garlic, salt, a few grinds of black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and onion powder in a shallow bowl. Use a wooden spoon to combine the meat ingredients as best you can before doing a final, gentle mix with your hands. Gently form the patties into quarter-pound portions and make a slight depression in the center of each with your thumb. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. While the lamb burgers chill, make the sauce. Combine the ketchup, tomato paste, cinnamon, cumin and coriander in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on 50% power for about 30 seconds - just long enough to warm the mixture slightly, then stir in the mint and set aside until ready to use.
  4. Oil the grill grates, add the onion slices and grill until they're lightly browned and softened, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. Oil the grill grates a second time, add the lamb burgers and grill until you see juices start to accumulate on the top of the meat, approximately 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and grill for an additional 3 minutes, or until they reach desired doneness (recommended internal temperature of 160°F). Transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. To serve, add a slice of onion and tomato to the bottom half of each roll. Add a lamb burger and top with sauce.