Lamb Burgers With Pistachio Pesto Recipe

Last Update: May 15, 2024

This recipe appears in the Thrive Market cookbook, Healthy Living Made Easy. Get your copy here, and find the ingredients in this shopping list.

Primal Kitchen’s mayos and oils are tried and true favorites at Thrive Market, which is why we’re excited about the release of PK founder Mark Sisson’s new collection of Paleo recipes, The Primal Kitchen Cookbook! It’s filled with everything from simple sauces and smoothies to crave-worthy meals like loaded potato wedges, honey mustard salmon, and these flavorful lamb burgers with a vibrant pesto.

“Richer than your average burger, this dish is a nice change from the usual beef burger with mustard and ketchup. The pistachio pesto has such a thick texture you won’t even miss the cheese.”
—Mark Sisson, The Primal Kitchen Cookbook: Eat Like Your Life Depends On It!

Lamb Burgers With Pistachio Pesto

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes


For the burgers
1 ½ pounds ground lamb
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, chopped

For the pistachio pesto
1 garlic clove
1 cup pistachios
½ cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice, or more to taste
¼ cup mint leaves, loosely packed
A pinch of salt


Make the burgers
Mix together the ground lamb, spices, chopped mint, and parsley. Form four patties and pan-fry or grill them, about 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Make the pistachio pesto
While the burgers are cooking, blend together garlic, pistachios, avocado oil, lemon juice, whole mint leaves, and salt in a food processor. Serve burgers with pesto drizzled on top.

Reprinted from The Primal Kitchen Cookbook: Eat Like Your Life Depends On It! Copyright © 2017 by Mark Sisson. Published by Primal Nutrition, Inc.

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