Olive-Lamb Burger with Mint Gremolata

This olive-lamb burger with mint gremolata recipe adds chopped kalamata olives to lamb burgers and tops them with mint, parsley, and lemon.

Olive-Lamb Burger

This olive-lamb burger with mint gremolata, a twist on the combination of lamb and mint, will have your guests clamoring for more.–Gena Knox


Author Gena Knox notes that the mint gremolata is also a boon to lamb chops or grilled tuna. Try it, you’ll like it.

Olive-Lamb Burger with Mint Gremolata

Olive-Lamb Burger
This burger, a twist on the combination of lamb and mint, will have your guests clamoring for more.

Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 30 mins
4 servings
688 kcal
5 from 1 vote
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For the mint gremolata

  • 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the olive-lamb burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup chopped and pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Prepare the grill or grill pan to medium-hot.
  • To make the sauce, combine the mint, parsley, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb, olives, and oregano; season with a generous amount of black pepper and a touch of salt. Divide the mixture into 4 equal patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Cook the olive-lamb burgers until seared on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and continue cooking, about 4 minutes for medium, or until desired doneness.
  • Serve on the hamburger buns, with the gremolata sauce on the side.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 688kcal (34%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 33g (66%)Fat: 50g (77%)Saturated Fat: 19g (119%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 124mg (41%)Sodium: 488mg (21%)Potassium: 519mg (15%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 611IU (12%)Vitamin C: 15mg (18%)Calcium: 127mg (13%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

A great balance of flavours among the gremolata, olives, and lamb. The richness of the meat is lifted by the freshness of the lemon juice and herbs, so the burgers are satisfying without being too heavy. Everything is quick and easy to put together, too, so the burgers are ideal for a midweek meal. The only thing I’d suggest is that, since I found the oregano to be overpowered by the fresh, sharp flavours of the gremolata, I might add a touch more the next time—and there will definitely be a next time.

Originally published July 6, 2008


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