Sep 13, 2013

Feta-Stuffed Lamb Burgers with Romesco SauceRecipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

2 Reviews

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 4 leaf butter lettuce
  • 1 garlic heads
  • 4 oz plum tomatoes
  • 1 red bell peppers

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 1.5 lb ground lamb

Oil and Spices

  • 0.125 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.75 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.25 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar


  • 2 oz crumbled feta cheese


  • 0.25 cup blanched and slivered almonds
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 slice Italian or French bread



  • 1 head garlic
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large plum tomato
  • 1 slice Italian or French bread
  • ¼ cup blanched and slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon red wine or sherry vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1½ pounds ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 4 leaves butter lettuce


  1. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).

  2. Cut off and discard the top third of the head of garlic to expose the cloves. Place the garlic on a square of aluminum foil and drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Fold up the sides and seal to make a packet, leaving a little room for the expansion of steam.

  3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Place the garlic packet over indirect high heat, and place the bell pepper, the tomato, and the bread over direct high heat. Close the lid and cook until the garlic is soft, 30 to 45 minutes; the bell pepper is blackened and blistered all over, 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally; the tomato is softened, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or twice; and the bread is toasted, about 1 minute, turning once. Remove from the grill as they are done. Place the pepper in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to trap the steam. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the charred skin, stem, and seeds from the pepper. Remove any loose skin from the tomato, cut in half, and remove the core. Tear the bread into pieces. Open the garlic packet and let cool for about 10 minutes.

  4. In a food processor or blender combine the almonds with the vinegar and process until the almonds are finely chopped. Squeeze out half of the garlic cloves (save the remaining garlic for another use) and add to the food processor along with the bell pepper, tomato, bread, crushed red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Process until the sauce has the consistency of natural peanut butter. While the food processor is running, add ¼ cup oil in a slow and steady stream. Set aside.

  5. Gently combine the lamb, paprika, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and form into four equal-sized balls. Make a deep indentation in the center of each ball of meat, and insert about 1 teaspoon of cheese inside. Close the meat over the cheese and gently form into patties of equal size, each about ¾ inch thick. Lightly brush the patties on both sides with oil.

  6. Lower the temperature of the grill to medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  7. Grill the patties over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until they are cooked to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once (some cheese may escape). During the last minute of cooking time, toast the buns, cut side down, over direct heat.

  8. Build the burgers on buns with lettuce, a patty, and ¼ cup of the sauce. Serve immediately. Reserve any remaining sauce for another use.

2 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Agustin A N

Mary had a little lamb burger, and it was the Baaaaah-mb!

Again, Weber made our weekend. After wanting to light some charcoals and gain more grilling experience, this recipe came to my email on Friday and I knew I had found dinner. I followed exactly as written except that I did not notice I had bought fat-free feta cheese. Fortunately, no one noticed as the meat was juicy and the sauce was rich and aromatic. I used sourdough buns that toasted perfectly and stood up to the burgers and sauce.
These burgers reminded me of Napa's Mustard Grill NZ lamb burgers I had last summer. Next time I will be using New Zealand lamb.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Laura M

Loved it

Followed the recipe to the letter except served on sourdough slices instead of a bun ... Worked really well. Very easy and tasty.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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