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Harissa Lamb Burgers with Feta & Pickled Onions

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  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 2 burgers 1x


These juicy, spicy harissa lamb burgers are going to be a hit at your next barbecue. Harissa mayo, quick-pickled red onions and feta cheese are just the right accompaniments to make this burger special.




  • 12oz ground lamb
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Pickled onions:

  • 4 round slices of red onion
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on microplane

The rest:

  • 2 brioche buns, split
  • 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled (but not pre-crumbled)
  • 2 slices of a large tomato
  • Lettuce, such as green leaf


  1. Pickle the onions: Whisk together vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Add sliced onions, making sure they are covered by liquid. Cover and allow to sit while preparing other ingredients.
  2. Mix mayo: Add mayonnaise, harissa, lemon and garlic to a small bowl, and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Cook burgers: Preheat a medium-sized pan, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Mix together lamb, spices and harissa. Form into patty, making a small indent in the center. Add oil to the pan, followed by the burger patties. Sear approximately 4 minutes or until well-browned. Don’t flip any sooner. Cook about 4 more minutes on the second side for medium, or until desired doneness. Remove from pan and rest.
  4. Toast buns: Reduce heat to medium. Place buns in pan, cut-side down. Toast about 2 minutes or until browned.
  5. Build burgers & serve: Season tomato slices with salt. Spread mayo on buns and stack burger and toppings, as desired. Enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 973
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 1900mg
  • Fat: 76g
  • Saturated Fat: 31g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 33g