Recipe: Grilled Lamb Sliders

Lamb Sliders, Courtesy:
Lamb Sliders, Courtesy:

A slider is a term used to describe a small sandwich or patty, served on a bun. Typically, sliders are made with meat, chicken or fish, but can be anything served on a small bun. This slider features ground lamb, complimented by garlic, cumin and cheese.


5 Tbsp. olive oil
2 large shallots, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground lamb
1 tsp. ground cumin (or less to taste)
1 Tbsp. ketchup
2 ounces Swiss or gruyere cheese, cut into eight 1/2-inch cubes
8 small hamburger or slider buns, such as King’s Hawaiian, halved



  1. Place a grill pan over medium-low heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the shallots, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Cook until the shallots are soft, 3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, 30 seconds.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly.
  7. Combine the shallot mixture, lamb, cumin, ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl.
  8. Form the mixture into 8 patties each 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick.
  9. Press a cube of cheese into the middle of each patty and form the meat around the cheese to cover.
  10. Brush the patties with the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and grill until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side, until internal temp is at least 160 degrees F.
  11. Let the patties rest for 2 minutes.
  12. Place the patties in the buns and serve.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Next time, I will use some mint jelly as a condiment.

Yield: 8 sliders

Source:, courtesy: Giada De Laurentis




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