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Spiced lamb burgers

Jenny Chandler

Homemade burgers with a touch of north African spice

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15 mins


10 mins






  • 1-2 banana shallots, depending on size
  • 1kg minced lamb
  • 2 heaped tsp baharat spice mix


Dice the shallot as finely as possible and then mix all the ingredients together with your hands in a large bowl.

Press together a small coin of the lamb mixture and fry it off in a pan with just a spot of vegetable oil. Taste. Now assess whether you want to up the spices or salt.

Divide the meat mixture into six round patties – a press works very well, especially if cooking on a barbecue when a looser texture can be prone to falling apart. Chilling the burgers for at least 1 hour will also help them hold together well.

Fry, grill or barbecue the burgers for about 4-5 mins on each side, until they feel firm and are just cooked through.

ALTERNATIVE: Try seasoning with fresh thyme and sweet smoked paprika for a bit of Spanish flavour, or season with lemon zest and oregano for a Greek touch.

Image: John Holdship

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Borough Market Online

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