Recipe For Lamb Burgers

I did not win the Woolworths soup competition even though I thought the recipe was amazing. Laura at Woolworths tells me it may be because it is too similar to what they already have on the shelf. I chose to make a beef short rib and carrot soup and not only did it taste good, it looked great in the soup packaging. I am hoping that these lamb burgers are a better entry (read winning) as this time I did a bit more in store research. Our local Woolworths in Somerset West only stocks beef burgers and ostrich burgers. We have been told in the competition brief that there are also boerewors (sausage) burgers but I have never seen them. I love lamb and so chose leg as the cut of meat I would use to make a burger patty. As this is a Woolworths competition, I have only used ingredients sourced from my local store. However, they are common ingredients and should be readily available around the world.

Patties To Make Lamb Burgers
Patties To Make Lamb Burgers
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Lamb Burgers


  • 500 g leg of lamb off the bone, cubed
  • 1 onion
  • 15 mls lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 cm fresh root ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 mls cumin seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 15 g fresh coriander chopped
  • 3 anchovies chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 15 mls olive oil


  • using meat grinder, grind half of the lamb with a coarse blade, and the other half with a fine blade
  • push through a quarter of the onion to make sure all the meat is out the grinder
  • finely chop the rest of the onion
  • heat the lemon infused olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger until soft
  • add the cumin seeds and as soon as you can smell the aroma, turn the stove off and allow to cool
  • once the onions mix has cooled, add to the meat
  • add the egg, the coriander and the anchovies and mix well
  • season to suit your palate and shape into 6 x 100g patties
  • heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the patties over a low heat, ensuring they are done to your liking all the way through

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34 thoughts on “Recipe For Lamb Burgers

  1. With the price of lamb at the moment (my sister in-law paid R358.00 for a leg of lamb from Woolies), I wont be making these burgers any time soon 🙁

  2. With the price of legs of lamb, not sure I could bring myself to use it for burgers – I wonder if another cut would work as well? I love that you added anchovies – they must have added such wonderful flavour.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  3. I love all the Woolies competitions – one day I shall enter – I will put Jessica on a bun… haha 🙂 She is so edibly cute!
    Lovely burgers – sounds like a winner to me!

  4. Well, when those Murphy’s are in the freezer I am sure there will be a few lamb cuts I can use for these perfect little burgers.. Good luck with the competition.. c

  5. good luck! this sounds like a winner to me! I like your combination of flavors and the use of the lemon oil and anchovies give this a very Mediterranean feel.

  6. They do sound good. I hope you win. I do whole leg of lamb with garlic, anchovies and rosemary. It’s an astonishingly good combination.

    Like the new look, btw. 🙂

    1. thanks Celia! I like anchovies as they add such a depth of flavour, and they melt away to almost nothing when cooked 🙂

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