Ottolenghi's Lamb & Pistachio Patties With Sumac Yogurt Sauce

September 25, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: "These patties are lovely as a snack or as part of a feast at a barbecue. If you want to make them into a more substantial meal, however, just serve them with some arugula tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and shaved Parmesan. The yogurt sauce can be made the day before. The patties will keep in the fridge for 1 day uncooked, or they can be cooked up to 6 hours in advance, ready to be warmed through 5 minutes before serving. Leftovers are also good the next day, at room temperature or warmed through."

This recipe is featured in the story, A Simple, Make-Ahead Menu from Ottolenghi’s Latest Cookbook, sponsored by Ten Speed Press. It is is reprinted from Simple, by Yotam Ottolenghi with Tara Wigley and Esme Howarth, with permission from our partner Ten Speed Press.

Makes: about 20 patties, to serve 4 as a main or 6 as a snack
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min


For the sumac yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the lamb and pistachio patties:

  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 1/4 cups arugula
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 pound 2 ounces ground lamb
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the sumac yogurt sauce and keep in the fridge until needed.
  2. To make the patties, put the pistachios into the bowl of a food processor. Blitz for a few seconds, to roughly chop, then put into a medium bowl. Add the arugula to the processor, blitz for a few seconds to roughly chop, then add to the bowl of pistachios. Continue with the onion and garlic, to form a smooth paste, and add to the bowl. Add the lamb, 1 tablespoon of oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and a good grind of pepper. Mix well to combine, then, with wet hands, shape the mix into about 20 patties. They should each be about 2 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick, and weigh about 1 1/2 ounces.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of the oil into a large nonstick frying pan and place over medium heat. Once hot, add the patties—as many as you can fit without crowding the pan—and cook for 7 minutes, turning about 3 1/2 minutes, until golden brown and just cooked through. Keep warm while you repeat with the remaining patties. If you need to, add another tablespoon oil to the pan during the process. When the patties are all cooked, pile them onto a large platter and serve with the sumac yogurt sauce.

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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

Terry February 6, 2019
I thought that lamb patties were pretty good. Then I dipped one into the sumac yogurt sauce and I almost jumped out of my chair. Awesome
Darian January 22, 2019
These are delicious! The arugula and pistachios are just what is needed to take them from ordinary to fabulous. I like to serve with na'an or pita and a cucumber/tomato salad.
Natalie B. November 19, 2018
These were so so so good! Made for dinner tonight served over a salad with the sauce as the dressing. Leftovers are lunch tomorrow in a pita!
Beatrice D. October 29, 2018
Am wondering if these can be grilled?
Chuck48 November 11, 2018
I’m sure you can grill them
Rosalind P. October 28, 2018
Some in my family don't love lamb, so I make some of these burgers with ground beef. The pistachios and arugala still add their magic.; and I offer a sauce of tahini with lemon and olive oil as an option in addition to the yogurt sauce.