Five burgers, no beef

by Terry B on August 9, 2017

Lamb and turkey stand in for ground beef in these five burger recipes.

Lamb Burger

I’ve been thinking about burgers lately. Big, juicy, beefy burgers. So imagine my surprise when I dug through the Blue Kitchen archives and didn’t find a single beef hamburger. But I did find these lamb and turkey burgers, and I remember every one of them fondly.

Lamb Burgers with Lemon Zest and Dijon Mustard

I pan grilled the burger you see above, but you could certainly also grill it. Lemon zest, garlic, fresh parsley, a scallion and Dijon mustard add a nice brightness to the rich lamb flavor.

Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Asian Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Ground turkey is a lower fat animal protein, but it needs flavor help to become a decent burger. In this recipe, hoisin sauce, green onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and a topping of Sriracha mayonnaise do the trick.

Grilled Lamb Feta Burgers with Light Rémoulade


Traditional French rémoulade sauce gets a light makeover, substituting Greek yogurt and olive oil for mayonnaise. And it adds even more flavor to these grilled lamb feta burgers.

Turkey Feta Burgers

Turkey Feta Burgers

These weeknight quick turkey feta burgers are a recent addition to the regular Blue Kitchen rotation—and so flavorful, you can hold the ketchup (or any other condiments).

Mushroom Lamb Burger

Mushroom Lamb Burgers

You’ll get all the umami with half the meat with these mouthwatering burgers (seriously, I have a Pavlovian response right now, just thinking about them). Mushrooms marinated in soy sauce, brandy, garlic and Chinese five-spice powder replace half the lamb in this recipe.


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John/Kitchen Riffs August 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

You can make a burger out of anything! Love beef, but it’s nice to have a change. Been thinking about a pork burger — that might be fun. Anyway, good stuff — thanks.

Dani H August 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm

I love lamb burgers and the feta sounds like a perfect match.

Thanks for more great recipes!

Terry B August 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

John, I’ve sometimes thought about pork burgers, but didn’t know if it was a thing. A quick Google search turned up more than eight million results. Think we both need to try this.

Dani, we’re always looking for excuses to cook and eat lamb. Give these burgers a try.

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