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Spiced Lamb Burgers with Cucumber & Mint Raita

Spiced lamb burgers are so simple to make and packed full of flavour. Perfect for a quick and easy meal or BBQ served with cooling cucumber and mint raita.
Active Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers


For the burgers

  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the cucumber & mint raita

  • 150 g cucumber - about ½ a cucumber
  • A small bunch of mint leaves - about 10-15 leaves
  • 150 g natural or greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp hot chilli powder
  • Salt


  • Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  • Place the lamb mince (500g), spices (1 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp hot chilli powder, 2 tsp ground coriander & 2 tsp ground cumin) and salt (¼ tsp) into a large bowl and use you hands to mix the spices into the mince until they are evenly distributed (I use a motion similar to kneading bread dough).
  • Divide the mince into 4 and then form into a burger shape. Make a dent in the middle of each burger (you'll find that they tend to puff up as they cook, making a dent in the centre means they'll end up looking flat once they're cooked).
  • Place onto a wire rack and then place the rack into a baking tray and cook for 12-15 minutes until hot all the way through.
  • While the burgers are cooking, make the cucumber raita. Grate the cucumber (150g) and use your hands to squeeze out any excess moisture.
  • Finely chop the mint leaves (I find this easiest to do with scissors).
  • Put the cucumber and mint into a bowl and add the yogurt (150g) and hot chilli powder (¼ tsp). Mix to fully combine, then season with a pinch of salt (add a little and taste before adding more if needed).
  • Once the burgers are cooked serve them in crusty rolls, with some salad and topped with the cucumber raita.


I prefer these cooked in the oven as I can simply pop them in without needing to keep an eye on them, but you could also cook them under a grill, in a frying pan or on a BBQ if you prefer.
The nutritional information provided includes the burger and cucumber & mint raita but not bun or salad. The individual information is as follows:
For the burger
Calories: 320 kcal (16%), Fat: 25.4g (36%), Saturated Fat: 11.9g (60%), Carbohydrates: 2.0g (1%), Sugar: 0.1g (0%), Fibre: 1.2g (5%), Protein: 21.6g (43%), Sodium: 280mg (11%)
For the cucumber & mint raita
Calories: 35 kcal (2%), Fat: 1.7g (2%), Saturated Fat: 1.1g (6%), Carbohydrates: 2.7g (1%), Sugar: 2.6g (3%), Fibre: 0.3g (1%), Protein: 2.2g (4%), Sodium: 40mg (1%)
Each burger provides ½ a portion of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables.


Serving: 1burger & raita | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.7g | Protein: 23.8g | Fat: 27.1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2.7g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Barbeque
Author: Charlotte Oates