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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Lamb Sliders

Summer, you were a high maintenance lover, another thing passing from our lives we know better than to lament. 

You parched our nation’s crops and left even the mint and basil in our home gardens shriveling under your gaze. In spite of the drought you still sent mosquitos, some armed with West Nile, others simply content to leave welts the size of cherries to be itched with vigor in the night. You brought up the curtain on the finale of a political season that left most people, no matter their political persuasions, feeling lacerated, even despondent. Let’s not even discuss tree limbs and flight plans brought down by your freakish winds. 

Still our hearts pine for you a bit as we feel a slight chill chase us into the house as we lock up for the night, and while we cruise the aisles of Staples in search of No. 2 pencils. No other season is soft like you, allowing for mid-day cocktails and the staring mindlessly at shorelines and mountains, with no place else to go. Some nights, we went to bed with sand in our hair. 

But while the summer of 2012 fades from view, we can still gather a few of its flavors, certainly those culled from the grill anyway. I strongly suggest you check out Lamb Sliders with Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise, which are a cinch to put together and can be done outdoors or, if you prefer, stove top with a grill pan. (I know daisyt13 calls for a cast iron pan but I am keeping you in the season here.)

I rarely make lamb burgers, just because I never think about them, but what a delicious earthy taste they have, especially paired with their favorite seasoning, cumin, and their best friend, feta cheese. 

You’re combining all those Mediterranean flavors here without an elaborate sauce or much effort, because most of the seasoning is coming from your mayo, which you should whip up while the burgers are cooking, to further speed things up. Onions are optional, buns can be done in the toaster, a nice salad of tomatoes and cucumber, or whatever else summer left at the market, works well on the side, too.

Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise by daisyt13

Serves 4 for a main, 8 for appetizer

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ground cumin, more or less, to taste
1 pound ground lamb
salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil, as needed
6 thick slices Greek feta cheese
red onion, thinly slice, to taste
6 mini or "slider" buns

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: Jenny's in the Kitchen, lamb, sliders, feta, cumin mayonnaise, everyday cooking

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Comments (12)


almost 3 years ago Andreakat

I love lamb and lamb burgers are our favorite. This recipe sounds delicious. One other think I've done is to put some kalamata olive tapenade on our lamb burgers. Add a little goat cheese-heaven! I can't wait to try the cumin mayo-sounds great!


almost 3 years ago daisyt13

Hi! I'm still new to food52 and l enjoy the site. I'm still fairly new to the site and therefore might not be in the know about how things work. I'm a little confused as to why my lamb slider recipe is shown here without credit to me. It is credited to deana@lostpastremembered. Could you please explain. Thanks.



almost 3 years ago Jestei

where are you looking? i only see you credited in the text here and on the recipe. i can't find the other credit. can you help me?


almost 3 years ago daisyt13

The Recipe Title before the ingredients are listed shows a revised title with the credit going to deana:

Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise by deana@lostpastremembered


almost 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

That was just an editing error, and it's now fixed. Thank you for pointing this out to us.


almost 3 years ago Karl Rosaen

Karl is Food52's VP of Product.

I actually got to eat one of the pictured sliders - as delicious as they look! Can't wait to make them myself.


almost 3 years ago Jestei

i wish i had been there


almost 3 years ago mcs3000

I will make. But can we agree to ban the word, "slider?"


almost 3 years ago Jestei



almost 3 years ago Shalini

Oh, Jenny. What a wonderful ode to our almost-gone summer of 2012. Bet you're going to be thinking more about lamb burgers from now on...


almost 3 years ago Jestei

yes i obsessively made these three weeks in a row. and then my family said what's with all the feta. so i had to cool it for a bit.


almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

haha! Sounds like my family, only they say stuff like, "ugh, pound cake again???"

these sound yummy. thanks for finding another gem, Jenny.