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The All-American Lamburger

Prep Time:
10 mins.
Cook Time:
10-12 mins.


1 1/3 pounds ground lamb 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

Vegetable oil, for greasing the grill 

4 ounces American blue cheese, such as Point Reyes Blue, Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue, or Maytag Blue, cut into 4 slices or crumbled 

4 hamburger buns, preferably whole wheat, brioche, or pretzel buns 

1 large heirloom tomato, such as Beefsteak, Brandywine, or Cherokee Purple, cut into 4 thick slices 

4 butter lettuce leaves 

1/4 cup pickled red onions 

Optional Condiments: mayonnaise, ketchup, whole grain mustard, pickles


  1. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the lamb with a few big pinches of salt and several grinds of pepper, tossing gently with the tines of a fork; be careful not to mash the meat. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form hamburger patties, pressing gently to shape.
  3. Grease the grill grates with oil. Place the burgers on the hottest part of the grill and cook, turning once, until a nice crust forms on each side and they are medium-rare to medium in the middle, 7 to 10 minutes. Move the burgers to a cooler part of the grill as needed to avoid blackening or flare-ups.
  4. Transfer the burgers to a platter and immediately top with the blue cheese.
  5. Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut side down, until toasted, about 1 minute. Place a hamburger in each bun.
  6. Arrange the tomato slices, lettuce leaves, pickled onions, and any additional condiments on a large serving tray. Serve the burgers and toppings at the table, and let everyone assemble their own perfect lamburger.

Source: American Lamb Board