Lamb and Pistachio Burgers with Feta Centers

August 2, 2012 by Kenmore

Give your burgers a Mediterranean twist by adding some feta, lamb and pistachios. This recipe is by Bibby Gignilliat of


preparation time
30 mins

cook time




2 teaspoons ground cumin

0.75 pounds ground beef

0.75 pounds ground lamb

1.5 cup pistachio nuts shelled and chopped

1 medium onion grated and strained

1 clove garlic minced

2.5 teaspoons kosher salt

0.25 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

0.5 cup cilantro leaves chopped

2 ounces Feta cheese cut into half-inch cubes

4 hamburger buns toasted


Make Burgers

In large bowl, combine ground cumin, lamb, beef, pistachios, onions, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and cilantro. Mix with hands. Chill 10 minutes. Cut feta into 1/2-inch cubes and set aside.

Assemble Patties

Roll meat into four round balls. With fingers, indent center of each patty and place 3-4 pieces of feta in indentation. Flatten patties, completely surrounding feta, into four 3-inch patties about 1-1/2 inches thick.

Cook Burgers

Heat large cast-iron skillet or grill. When hot, add patties and cook over moderately high heat until browned, 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to large plate and let rest for 5 minutes.


Place burgers on toasted buns and top with hummus.


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