This article was updated on 7/8/2023 for clarity and to include some seasonal updates.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your lamb burgers, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for lamb burgers.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with lamb burgers are grilled sweet potatoes, sumac onions, and garlic feta fries. You can also serve a side of mango salsa, tahini sauce, or roasted eggplant. For fresh salad options, try a watermelon tomato salad, a quinoa and beetroot salad, or a Greek salad.
Psst… Labor Day is just around the corner, so I’ve added my favorite strawberry-mint lemonade and brown sugar peach cake to the list to help you celebrate the occasion!
Salads are a great healthy side dish to serve alongside your lamb burgers in place of the usual pita or buns. Leafy green salads are the first thing that comes to mind, but I’ve also found different heartier options you can try.
Quinoa and beetroot salad
Looking for something healthy and substantial? This quinoa salad has your back.
Aside from the protein from the quinoa, it’s packed with fiber from the beets and vitamin C from the oranges and pomegranates, making it a healthy base for your lamb burgers.
The fruits also add a pop of brightness, giving this quinoa salad a tasty contrast with your burgers.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great make-ahead salad.
Round out your meal with a refreshing Greek salad. It’s light and healthy, making it the perfect match for a heavy lamb burger.
Traditional recipes involve simply drizzling the veg with olive oil and red wine vinegar. But Downshiftology still whips up the dressing separately, so you can taste and adjust it to your preference. This deliciously tangy dressing will cleanse your taste buds from any burger grease.
Pro-tip: you can slice the veggies in advance then toss them in the dressing once you’re ready to serve.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a convenient five-minute salad.
Watermelon tomato salad
Beat the summer heat with this juicy watermelon and tomato salad.
It’s a gorgeous-looking side that features a gingery tamari-lime dressing. The heat from the ginger and jalapenos really makes the watermelon flavor pop, giving you the perfect flavor combo to cut through the gaminess of your lamb burgers.
Psst… sensitive to spice? No worries, you can use less of the jalapenos to dial down the heat according to your preference.
Why we love this recipe: it’s Insta-worthy.
Pesto pasta salad
This pasta salad is loaded with Italian ingredients like artichoke hearts, arugula, pepperoncini peppers, and olives – all tossed in fresh basil pesto.
This classic green sauce infuses the elements with a bright, zesty flavor that complements the gamey notes of your lamb burgers.
Gimme Some Oven uses homemade pesto for this, but if you’re all about speed and convenience, feel free to use your favorite jarred sauce.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Condiments and sauces
The right condiments and sauces will help elevate your lamb burgers to another level.
Sumac onions are my go-to for a bright, tangy kick. But you can also put together a fruity salsa for a tropical twist.
Homemade pepperoncini pickles
Pepperoncini peppers are a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. They have a distinct tangy flavor from the brine, with a subtle fiery kick that makes them oh-so-addictive.
Can’t find pepperoncini peppers? You can also use other hot peppers for this recipe, like jalapenos, serranos, or Hungarian wax peppers.
The catch with this recipe is you do need to process the pickles in a canner, which is extra work. But this step is important because it helps extend their shelf-life. I highly recommend making a big batch so you’ll have these zippy peppers ready to go.
Why we love this recipe: you can use them in loads of different dishes.
This isn’t technically a side, but I wanted to include it anyway. After all, lamb burgers need a tasty sauce to tie everything together, right? And tahini sauce is a great candidate.
This recipe from Simply Veganista is nutty and creamy, with a burst of citrusy goodness. But you can easily customize it to your liking. You can add sriracha or a pinch of red pepper flakes if you crave a touch of heat. Or try freshly chopped parsley and chives for a delicious herby twist.
Why we love this recipe: you get so much use out of this sauce.
This mango salsa is an excellent tropical topping for your lamb burgers. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it also brings a superb flavor too.
The sweetness from the red peppers and ripe mangoes is offset by the heat from the jalapenos. And everything is tied together with a mixture of lime juice and olive oil, giving you refreshingly zesty goodness in every bite.
You can prop the salsa over your lamb burgers and finish everything with a sprig of parsley, or stuff everything in a warm pita pocket for a meal on the go.
Why we love this recipe: it will transport you straight to a tropical island.
You may already have onions in your lamb burgers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add more to the plate.
This Middle-Eastern-style condiment involves quick-pickling the onions, but what sets it apart is the addition of sumac. This red spice comes from the berries of the Sumac shrub and boasts a sharp tang that’ll remind you of lemon juice.
These onions are ready to use after an hour of pickling, but I like making this at least the night before. The overnight soak infuses the onions with more of that citrusy tang, which helps cut through the richness of the lamb burgers.
Why we love this recipe: you only need 10 minutes to get it on the table.
Fries and more
Lamb burgers are great with crispy fries, but why not think out of the box and pair them with some roasted veggies for a healthier meal?
Garlic feta fries
Upgrade your regular fries and burger combo by serving lamb burgers with these garlic feta fries.
These are simply homemade baked fries tossed with feta cheese and seasoning, but Half-Baked Harvest makes their fries extra thin to make them crispier.
They also provide an easy recipe for a roasted garlic aioli, which is an excellent addition to these golden fries. And as a bonus? It also doubles as a sauce for your lamb burgers. Now that’s what I call a win-win.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun spin on your traditional French fries.
Grilled sweet potatoes
Grilling your burgers? Make some room and grill sweet potatoes.
It’s not as easy as throwing the potatoes straight onto your grill, though. You’ll have to parboil the sweet spuds first to ensure they cook all the way through. It’s extra work, but these spuds are worth it.
They acquire a prominent dose of smokiness as they’re cooked over the grill, which is a flavor you won’t get with any other cooking method.
And the finishing touch to tie everything up is a zesty cilantro lime vinaigrette that tempers the spuds’ natural sweetness. Yum!
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guilt-free version of fries.
Did you know that the quickest way to spruce up (almost) any vegetable is by roasting it? The high heat helps caramelizes the veg’s natural sugars and chars the edges as they cook, giving your veggies an instant upgrade.
And one of my favorites to roast is eggplants. Aside from the crisp edges, their centers get delightfully juicy and creamy.
Pro tip: cut the eggplants into large pieces and roast them at a high temp to prevent them from getting mushy.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms a simple ingredient into something really tasty.
Labor Day specials
Planning on grilling lamb burgers for your Labor Day feast? These classic summer-themed delights are the perfect additions to complete the meal.
Wash down all of your lamb burgers’ savory, meaty goodness with a glass of this gorgeous sangria-inspired drink.
The combination of lemonade, fresh strawberries, and mint leaves gives this drink a sweet-tart and zesty twist that’ll leave you feeling refreshed. And the best part? It’s alcohol-free, so it can be enjoyed by all ages.
Psst… If you find it a bit too tart, you can use a bit less lemonade to dial down the heat according to your preference.
Why we love this recipe: it tastes as good as it looks.
Brown sugar peach cake
This brown sugar peach cake is the epitome of summer desserts. It’s loaded to the brim with juicy peaches and peach juice, making each bite deliciously fruity. You wouldn’t even think this dessert starts with a boxed yellow cake mix.
And the cherry on top of this delicious peach cake is a brown sugar frosting that adds a light but tasty caramel twist. This frosting is a breeze to make, although you’ll have to work quickly because it sets fast.
Psst… The View From A Great Island uses fresh peaches, but canned ones work just as well.
Why we love this recipe: everyone will be lining up for seconds.
What To Serve With Lamb Burgers [39 Ideas]
- 1 portion Greek salad
- 1 portion sumac onions
- 1 portion roasted eggplant
- 1 portion mango salsa
- 1 portion quinoa and beetroot salad
- 1 portion garlic feta fries … and more
- Prepare your lamb burgers according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: quinoa and beetroot salad, greek salad, watermelon tomato salad, pesto pasta salad, homemade pepperoncini pickles, tahini sauce, mango salsa, sumac onions, garlic feta fries, grilled sweet potatoes, and roasted eggplant
- Serve immediately and enjoy!