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Kofta Lamb Burgers with Grilled Red Peppers by Bord Bia

These kofta lamb burgers are absolutely delicious, and the grilled red peppers add a tasty brightness that brings the whole thing together. You could also use minced beef in this recipe and serve with pitta bread or flat breads instead of the burger buns. 

Serves 4 
Time: 30 minutes 


  •  400g lean lamb mince 
  • 1 red pepper, trimmed and cut into quarters 
  • 1 tablesp. rapeseed or olive oil 
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 
  • A handful of coriander, chopped 
  • A handful of parsley, chopped 
  • A handful of dill, chopped 
  • 1 teasp. ground cumin 
  • 1 teasp. ground cinnamon 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Yogurt Dressing 

  • ½ a medium cucumber 
  • 200g thick natural yogurt 
  • 1 tablesp. ground cumin 
  • Squeeze of lemon juice 

To serve

  • Mixed Leaves 
  • Burger buns 
  • Potato wedges 


  1. To prepare the peppers: Place the pepper quarters under a hot grill, skin side up.  Cook for about 5 minutes until the skin is black and bubbling.  Remove and place in a small re-sealable bag to cool. When cool enough to handle remove the skin and cut each quarter in half. 
  2. To prepare the burgers: Heat a little oil in small pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes until it has softened but not browned.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool. 
  3. Place the mince, cooled onion, garlic, herbs, cumin, cinnamon and seasoning in a large bowl. Mix well.  Using clean hands, shape mixture into four 2cm-thick burgers. 
  4. To cook the burgers: Heat a grill pan or barbecue to high.  Brush a little over the grill pan.  Add the burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and keep warm. 
  5. Cut the buns in half and lightly toast on the pan or barbecue. 
  6. To make the yogurt dressing: Cut the cucumber in half lengthways.  Remove the seeds then finely dice the cucumber.  In a small bowl combine the cucumber with the yogurt, cumin and lemon juice. Season and taste. 
  7. To assemble: Spread the bases of the toasted burger buns with some yogurt dressing. The top each bun with leaves, two pieces of pepper, a burger and another spoonful of the yogurt dressing. Serve any remaining dressing on the side. Delicious with potato wedges. 
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