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Celebrate February with new take on classic burger

Try this All-American Lamb Burger during February, which is Lamb Lovers Month. (Photo courtesy of the American Lamb Board)

February is Lamb Lovers Month. In honor of this, try an American staple with a lamb twist: the All-American Lamb Burger.

All-American Lamb Burger

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


2 pounds ground American lamb

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves, crushed

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

8 hamburger buns, split and toasted

8 lettuce leaves

4 thin slices red onion, split into rings

16 tomato slices


In a large bowl, combine ground lamb, tomato sauce, oats, onion, basil, garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are blended. Shape into eight 1/2-inch thick patties.

To grill: Cook over medium-hot coals. Grill 4 inches from coals 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness: 145 F for medium-rare, 160 F for medium or 170 F for well.

To broil: Place lamb patties on broiler pan. Broil lamb 4 inches from source of heat for 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

Arrange lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun. Top with onion rings, two tomato slices, cooked lamb patties and bun top.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition per serving: 381 calories, 25 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (41 percent calories from fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 603 mg sodium, 7 mg niacin, 0.25 mg vitamin B6, 2 mcg vitamin B12, 3 mg iron, 5 mg zinc.    

— Source: American Lamb Board