Laden with aromatic Moroccan spices, these Merguez Lamb Burgers add exotic flavor to a weeknight supper or a fancy dinner party.
I can’t honestly remember the first time I had merguez sausage, but I do know that ever since then, I have to order it any time I see it on a menu. The combination of aromatic spices mixed with lamb, one of my favorite meats, makes merguez pretty irresistible.
Originally of Moroccan origin, merguez sausage migrated its way north and became a popular addition to French cuisine. Traditionally made with lamb, or a combination of lamb and beef, blended with peppers, garlic, and other spices, merguez lends incredible flavors to a meal.
These Merguez Lamb Burgers have all the flavor of the traditional sausage, with minimal fuss– no need to grind your own meat and stuff it into casings. Because the flavors are so robust, these burgers are fantastic served with some simply-prepared vegetables and rice (or cauliflower rice) to soak up the delicious juices.
I don’t normally cook with whole spices, simply for ease of preparation, but taking the brief extra step of toasting the cumin, coriander and fennel seeds, then grinding them fresh, really makes these burgers shine.
Harissa can be found in the international aisle of plenty of grocery stores, usually near the curry pastes and hot sauces. I picked up this Mina harissa (which also comes in a spicy variety) because the ingredients were very clean. Trader Joe’s also sells a great harissa.
The spice blend noted below is on the mild side. If you like more spice, use a spicier harissa or add more cayenne to your merguez lamb burgers.
I’m not one to eat my burgers on a bun these days, but if that’s your preference, go right ahead. I’d suggest mixing some harissa with some mayo for a tasty spread, and topping it with fresh lettuce and some pickled veggies for a bright bite.