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Lamb, mint and coriander burger

29 April 2016

Delicious herby lamb burgers with mint and coriander from Zita Steyn, author of Good Better Green.

Lamb, mint and coriander burgers
Lamb, mint and coriander burgers

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 10–15g (small handful) mint, leaves only
  • 25g (1 small bunch) parsley, leaves only
  • 25g (1 small bunch) coriander, largest stalks removed
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • Generous 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 500g minced lamb
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Generous grinding of black pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 spring onion, very finely sliced
  • Large handful of mung bean sprouts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Grapeseed or coconut oil, for frying


This is one of my favourite ways with minced lamb. Serve with oven-baked, sweet potato fries, a large salad and homemade tomato ketchup or a refreshing tzatziki. The bean sprouts add some crunch to the patties but if you are making these ahead to freeze, omit them.

Makes 4 extra large or 8 medium patties.

Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry, medium-hot frying pan for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Tip out, allow to cool slightly, then grind with a pestle and mortar or in a spice grinder. Set aside.

Chop the herbs as finely as possible. You could use a small food processor to do this, although I find it less efficient than doing it by hand. Set aside.

Grind the garlic and salt into a paste, using a pestle and mortar. Scrape this into a large mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Mix thoroughly with your hands and shape into 4 very large or 8 smaller patties.

Heat a little grapeseed or coconut oil in a large frying pan and fry the patties over a medium to high heat until cooked to your liking – 5–7 minutes each side for the large patties, 4–5 minutes each side for the smaller ones.

Good Better Green by Zita Steyn (Quadrille £16.99) Photography: Nassima Rothacker


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