LangeTwins Char-grilled Lamb Burger with Feta and Cumin Mayo

LangeTwins Char-grilled Lamb Burger

Lamb and feta cheese is one of the most satisfying culinary pairings—add homemade mayonaisse with toasted cumin and you have something out-of-this-world delicious.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Pair With: LangeTwins Family Winery Sangiovese Rosé

Source: Recipe and photo courtesy of Lodi Winegrape Commission


Ingredients for the Cumin Mayo:
5 egg yolks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon toasted and ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
Squeeze of lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup grapeseed oil (or any neutral vegetable oil)
1 small garlic clove

Ingredients for the Burgers:
2 pounds ground lamb shoulder and leg, with about 20% fat (any good butcher can do this for you)
Diamond Crystal Kosher salt
crumbled feta cheese
4 thin slices red onion
8 thin slices cucumber
fresh arugula
fresh ground pepper
olive oil for drizzling
4 hamburger buns


Directions for the Cumin Mayo:
Combine the egg yolks, mustard, cumin, salt and lemon juice in a food processor. Blend until mixed well and slowly stream in oil to create an emulsion. Once all the oil is added, finely grate the garlic and pulse a couple of times to incorporate. Set aside.

Directions for the Burgers:
Gently form meat into four 8-ounce patties of even thickness. They should be slightly wider in diameter than the buns, ideally about 4 1/2 inches.

Sprinkle both sides of each patty with a pinch of salt and grill over medium-hot coals for 3 minutes per side. Place patties on a cooler part of grill for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until medium-rare. Remove from heat to a warm place.  As burgers are resting, top each with crumbled feta cheese. Meanwhile, toast buns on their outsides over the grill so you get a nice crunchy exterior and a soft, warm center. Garnish burgers with red onions, sliced cucumbers, fresh arugula and cumin mayo.

Recipe Courtesy Of

LangeTwins Family Winery

As part of a generational farm family dating back to the 1870s, twin brothers Randall and Brad Lange grew up with the family passion for farming. With determination, they have made their ranch a benchmark vineyard property within the Lodi appellation.