Cumin Lamb Burgers, inspired by the spiced lamb dishes of Xi'an, China, offer a unique and flavorful twist to summer grilling.

Xi’an Cumin Lamb Burgers for Food Enthusiasts

Recipe by Annie TibberCourse: Boki’s Cooking: The cooking recipes for Boki dishes


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Cumin Lamb Burgers, influenced by the seasoned lamb recipes of Xi’an, China, bring a distinctive flair to summer grilling, providing a novel and delicious culinary experience.


  • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds

  • A teaspoonful of Sichuan peppercorns

  • ½ teaspoon of red chili flakes

  • 1 pound (450g) of ground lamb

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • One red onion of medium size, sliced into thin pieces.

  • One jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced

  • One small red bell pepper, seeds removed and thinly slic

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (285g)

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • Four brioche or potato buns, used for serving.

  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and diced

  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro


  • In a dry skillet, toast the cumin seeds, Sichuan peppercorns, and red chili flakes. Crush them into a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Set aside.
  • Combine about half of the spice mixture with the ground lamb and form it into four patties. Sprinkle salt on both sides of each patty for seasoning.
  • Preheat a grill or cast iron skillet over high heat until extremely hot. Sear the burgers on both sides until they develop a crispy exterior, approximately 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the cooked burgers to a plate and allow them to rest, covering with foil. In the same skillet (if using cast iron) or a separate skillet (if grilling outdoors), add a bit of vegetable oil and sauté the onions and peppers until they caramelize. Sprinkle them with half of the remaining spice mixture.
  • In a bowl, mix the yogurt, minced garlic, and salt to taste. Incorporatze the remaining spice mixture by stirring it in.
  • To assemble the burgers, spread some of the yogurt mixture on the bottom half of each bun. Top with diced cucumbers, followed by a burger patty. Add the caramelized onion and pepper mixture, more yogurt sauce, and fresh cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Embark on a culinary journey with our Xi’an Cumin Lamb Burgers, a tantalizing fusion of bold flavors and aromatic spices. Crafted with precision, these burgers feature a delectable blend of toasted cumin seeds, Sichuan peppercorns, and red chili flakes, creating a distinctive and robust seasoning. Each succulent patty is meticulously shaped and seasoned with this unique spice mixture, delivering a symphony of taste with every bite.

Seared to perfection on a hot grill or cast iron skillet, our Xi’an Cumin Lamb Burgers boast a crispy exterior that gives way to a juicy and flavorful interior. The inclusion of caramelized onions and peppers, infused with the same aromatic spices, adds a delightful sweetness to complement the savory lamb.

Completing this culinary masterpiece is a luscious yogurt sauce, featuring a medley of garlic and the remaining spice blend, providing a cooling and harmonious contrast to the boldness of the lamb. Assembled with care, our burgers are served on brioche or potato buns, layered with refreshing diced cucumbers and crowned with a vibrant garnish of fresh cilantro.

Experience a symphony of flavors and textures in every bite – Xi’an Cumin Lamb Burgers, a culinary adventure that transcends the ordinary.

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