Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

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Happy FRIDAY!!!

My “YES IT’S FRIDAY” face.

What is on your agenda? Something fabulous and delicious, I hope! My agenda will be far less delicious, I must say. I’m doing a review for a Juice Cleanse for work so today – Sunday I’ll be drinking just juice.

The green stuff in the bottle? Yep, that’s my breakfast. All I want is a waffle with whipped cream, not juice that smells AND TASTES like salad. Without the dressing.

Friends, this means NO solid food for 3 days. Um, for a food writer and someone who thinks about food more than they think about ANYTHING ELSE, this is going to be tricky tricky. So, instead of eating real food, I’m going to torture myself by sharing a delicious  burger I made last week.

As much as I love lamb, I’ve never had a lamb burger. Looking back now, I was missing out ON SO MUCH. The flavor in this teeny tiny burger is 10x greater than regular ground beef. Plus, lamb is substantially lighter than most ground beef so you aren’t getting more fat either.

Does anyone watch Adam Richmond? Aka, Man versus Food? Well, I find him to be very charming and funny, so despite wanting to gag when he sweats while eating 15,000 wings, I do like to hear his commentary. One one particular episode he said the best burgers in the world are the ones you almost have to eat with a fork because of how juicy they are.

Friends, this is THAT kind of burger. You almost need a bib because each bite is amazingly juicy.  I wish I would have taken a photo of myself eating said juicy burger but alas, for another day. Now I’ll just give you pictures of it’s deliciousness.

I also had full intentions of taking the “half-eaten” photo that food bloggers love to do but… the time I was halfway into this burger? I wasn’t breaking for a photo. No sir. That whole little nugget went into my mouth (and onto my shirt, which is no surprise) without second thought.

I’ll do better next time, I promise. Now please excuse me while I chug my green juice and sob into my pillow b/c I just want a stinkin’ lamb burger.

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

Yields about 5 burgers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: About 6 minutes

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers 1 pot cookbook.


  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Tomatoes, lettuce for garnish
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 5 tablespoons fat free crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil mayo (optional)


  1. Spray a grill pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix lamb, onion, garlic cloves, oregano, salt, pepper, egg, Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs. [Use your hands to mix well). If mixture is still really sticky, add additional breadcrumbs.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Once done, remove from fridge. Shape meat into 5 large patties.
  4. Place grill pan over a stove-top set on medium-high. Add patties and grill about 5 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer registers about 160F.
  5. Serve with one tablespoon feta cheese on toasted buns with tomato, lettuce and mayo and enjoy!

Nutritional information per burger [with vegetable & cheese garnish]:

Calories: 300
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Protein: 28 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points: 9

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  1. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    yummmm! Happy Friday :)
  2. Posted by Healthyjalapeno on
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    I have to say the lamb burger looks super delicious and yummy but the green drink I am not so sure about. I've made some delicious green smoothies but there's also some delicious fruit to sweeten it up.
    Happy Friday!!!!!! And good luck with your green stuff (I'm sure it's super healthy for you)
  3. Posted by Amber on
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    I applaud you for doing a cleanse. I want to do one but I love food A LOT! I can just imagine the temptation. Have a wonderful weekend!
  4. Posted by Lacy @ NYCityEats on
    Friday, February 17th, 2012
    Mmm I love lamb burgers! I'm drooling reading about how juicy these are. Really have to try as soon as possible!
  5. Posted by jules on
    Saturday, February 18th, 2012
    That burger looks delicious. I've been trying a juice diet as well - but without much success. People keep calling my green juice swamp water - so very demotivating! ;)
  6. Posted by Eliotseats on
    Saturday, February 18th, 2012
    Lamb burgers look great BUT I have to tell you how much in love I am with your Lighter King Cake!!!!!!!!   I made a traditional version and yours.   I have to say that I love the lighter one (and I even decreased the sugar a bit in the filling!)   Thank you.   I will be giving you a "Shout Out" and credit in tomorrow's post.
  7. Posted by Emily on
    Sunday, February 19th, 2012
    Yumm! These would be so cute as sliders, too. Maybe with hummus instead of mayo? (And I say this as a mayo freak, as you know.) Mmmm might have to try these out this week. Can I get ground lamb just at the regular grocery store or do I have to go to Whole Foods?
    • Posted by admin on
      Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
      You can get it at Giant! (that's where I got it!)
  8. Posted by Maya Ebrahim on
    Sunday, February 19th, 2012
    What cut of meat is the lean ground lamb from? All the minced lamb near me has 20% fat, so I may need to mince it myself.
  9. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Sunday, February 19th, 2012
    Oh yummy lamb!  I have never had lamb burgers but I love a good lamb chop.  I need to check this out.
  10. Monday, February 20th, 2012
    Look at how adorable you are :)
    And that Adam Richmond guy? Wow. I used to love that show, but it kind of scares me now. I want to force feed him salad and make him go on long hikes. 

    AND why have I never made Lamb burgers? These look amazing. 
  11. Posted by sell wow account on
    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
    i can smell it here!!
  12. Posted by Jenny Morris on
    Friday, February 24th, 2012
    I have done a cleanse that has 3 days of a green puree, I feel for you haha But on the other hand.... these burgers! I want one. Now.
  13. Posted by Shari on
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    Hi there. Love your recipe. Quick question... does the calorie/point value include the bread?