Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onions

Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Lamb is crazy-expensive at our markets, it’s actually cheaper to go to a fancy restaurants to order lamb chops than it is for me to cook at home.  Ground lamb prices are a little better, but still a splurge when compared to beef. Splurge I must (yum….lamb….) and decided that I need to fancy the lamb burger up with warm, melty brie and quick pickled onions. Quick as in 10-minute, 3 ingredient quick.

The quick pickled onions is essential to the recipe, in my opinion, because the lamb has a strong, distinctive flavor and the brie is ooooey, goooey, rich. The pickle helps cut that fat and richness and provides a contrast to the gamey lamb.

Wow, do I sound cheffy or what!?

Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipe

The 10-minute red onion pickle only takes 3 ingredients – rice vinegar (or red/white vinegar), water and a pinch of sugar. The onions mellow out in the vinegar and water – so you won’t get the hot bite that you would from regular raw onions.

You can even throw in some chopped chile pepper if you want the red onion pickle to be a little spicy.

Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipe


Lamb Burgers with Brie and Quick Pickled Onions

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Slice the onion as thin as you can - use a mandoline if you want! I've found with the Quick Pickled Red Onion and Melted Brie, there's no need for mustard or ketchup. You may prefer a little spread of mayo or butter on the bread.


1 red onion, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup vinegar (rice vinegar, cider vinegar white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces brie cheese, sliced
4 slices of tomato
4 burger buns


1. Fill a small bowl with the vinegar, sugar plus 1/4 cup of water. Add in the red onion slices and let sit at room temperature while you complete rest of recipe.

2. Season the ground lamb with salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal sized patties. Heat a grill pan over high heat. When hot, add in the patties. Grill for 2 minutes, then flip the patties. Turn the heat to medium and let cook for 5 minutes. Flip again and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, depending on doneness preference. During the last 30 seconds of cooking, add the brie cheese slices on top of each burger.

3. Serve the burgers with the quick pickled red onion, buns and tomato.

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Comments 17

  1. Cristina

    I love all three of the main ingredients, and I can’t wait to try this recipe! Lamb is pretty reasonable where I live (California). We buy the boneless legs of lamb from Costco, save some for roasting and grilling, and grind some.

  2. sara

    Oh yum! This looks incredible. I have some Brie at home that I need to use up, and this pretty much looks like the perfect way to accomplish that task. 🙂 I’m a huge fan of quick pickled onions – I think they add that perfect punch to so many dishes.

  3. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    It is definitely unfortunate how expensive lamb can be, but I love to make lamb on special occasions. I’ve never made a lamb burger and the way you’ve compiled your recipe makes me want to have “special occasion” lamb pronto! Looks delicious, simple and not your every day burger!!

  4. Chris

    Yeah, I am TOTALLY with you on knocking down the taste of lamb, it is definitely needed. I think you did a nice combo of tricks here to do just that. Nice one, Jaden.

  5. Lana

    I just made lamb for our Serbian Easter on Sunday, and my girls said it tasted like lamb burgers:) It makes me really happy to know that they appreciate the assertive flavor of lamb.
    We have a few Persian stores in the neighborhood (Los Angeles) and they carry inexpensive halal lamb. I always tip my butcher and he makes sure I get the best meat from the back of the store. I don’t know if there are any Middle Eastern stores in Florida, but it’s worth checking:)
    I love the idea of pairing the lamb with pickled onions (and who does not like tasty food that’s fast and easy to prepare?)

  6. Alison

    This makes my mouth water! Thanks for sharing a fun and different recipe – I can’t wait to try. The recipe for pickled red onions will certainly come in handy outside of this recipe as well…nice!


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  8. Mabel Chan (@ mdcooksfor2)

    I made lamb burgers too. I used lemon juice to cut the fatty-ness of lamb. I guess vinegar must also tenderize it! I made mine very spicy with lots of red chili pepper flakes and using pepper jack cheese.

    Check out my lamb burger!

  9. John DM

    but not gluten-free with those hamburg buns. Other than that, it is a tasty looking dish

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