Lamb Burgers with Mint Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 4


During a visit to the Iowa State Fair we sampled this juicy burger—the Iowa Sheep Industry Association's alternative to the classic hamburger.


  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 12 cup minced mint leaves, plus whole mint leaves for garnish
  • 1 12-2 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
  • 4 large leaves boston lettuce


Step 1

Stir together sugar, vinegar, and 2 tsp. hot water in a small bowl until sugar has dissolved. Add mint and set aside.

Step 2

Divide lamb into 4 portions, and shape each into a thick patty. Lightly brush a grill pan with oil and place over medium heat. When pan is hot but not smoking, place patties on pan and cook for 3 minutes per side, for a medium-rare burger. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Serve burgers on rolls or buns, topped with mint sauce and garnished with lettuce and whole mint leaves.