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Five Terrific Lamb Burgers in New York City

While beef is, and always will be the king of burger meats, lamb is becoming increasingly popular in NYC. And with good reason: lamb can match the richness and mouthfeel of beef and adds its own inherent funk and gaminess, giving a different dimension to the burger eating experience. It also allows chefs to broaden the culinary influences they attach to their burger recipes. Here are five lamb burgers that are worth shepherding.


The Breslin

The Breslin Lamb Burger

April Bloomfield's sandwich at The Breslin might not have been the first lamb burger in NYC, but it the one that has had the biggest impact on the trend. Justifiably famous for the The Spotted Pig burger, Bloomfield decided to go in another direction when she opened The Breslin back in 2009 and crafted a lamb burger instead. It has proved immensely popular, accounting for as much as a third of all orders. The grass-fed lamb patty comes served with a slab of feta cheese, thin slivers of red onion, and a mayo spiked with cumin. $22.

Dirty French

Dirty French

The Torrisi Boys' play on the global reach of Gallic cooking finds expression in the lunch-only lamb burger at Dirty French. The buxom lamb patty is topped with Bûcheron cheese, a goat's milk variety from the Loire valley, and onions cooked with cumin, evoking the flavors of the Middle East and North Africa. $21.

Clover Club

Clover Club

Cocktail hot spot Clover Club serves a six ounce lamb burger on a toasted roll with sliced red onion and chevre goat cheese, with a choice of potato chips or a green salad on the side. The patty is impressively seared and at first blush looks like a regular old hamburger patty, but it tastes a lot earthier, with that pleasing richness that lamb fat brings to the table. $14.

Elan

Elan

David Waltuck's brunch-only spiced lamb burger is topped with bacon mayonnaise and chutney made with fig and caramelized onion. It's served on a brioche roll with chickpea fries on the side. The patty is so loosely packed that it crumbles easily yet has an impressively dense crust from the pan searing, giving it some serious Maillard flavors. $22.

Five Napkin Burger

Five Napkin Burger

The kofta burger at Five Napkin Burger is a good entryway into the world of lamb burgers for those unfamiliar them. It  contains a blend of beef and lamb making it more approachable to novices. While it might not display quite the level of artistry of the other burgers here, it still makes a compelling case for lamb as a burger meat. Evoking the flavors of a gyro, it comes topped with chopped tomato, cucumber, a pepper and onion salad, and tahini sauce on a soft white roll. $16.75.

The Breslin

16 West 29th Street, Manhattan, NY 10001 (212) 679-1939 Visit Website

Dirty French

180 Ludlow Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (212) 254-3000 Visit Website

Dirty French

180 Ludlow Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (212) 254-3000 Visit Website

5 Napkin Burger

630 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (212) 757-2277 Visit Website

The Breslin

16 West 29th Street, Manhattan, NY 10001 (212) 679-1939 Visit Website

élan

43 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003 646-682-7105 Visit Website

Clover Club

210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 855-7939 Visit Website
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