Summer Grill Fun / by Brad Schmidt

As June arrives, school lets out and summer heats up, it’s time to get the grill fired up and stay out of the kitchen.  This lamb sandwich makes a wonderful, flavorful and easy meal.  Serve it with your favorite tabbouli salad or a watermelon, arugula and feta salad and pair it with a favorite wine.  Enjoy! 

Spiced Lamb Sandwiches                 

Serves 4-5       Adapted From Bon Appetit magazine, July 2014


1 1/4+/- pounds ground lamb

1/2 medium onion, very finely chopped

1/4 cup  + 2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tablespoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon, rounded ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/8 cup olive oil, plus more for grilling

4 - 5 small pita breads with pockets or naan bread 

Optional garnish ideas:

Tzatziki cucumber yogurt sauce, diced fresh tomatoes shredded lettuce, feta, chopped kalamatta olives 


Using a fork, mix lamb, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper and 1/8 cup oil in a large bowl. Form into patties. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. 

Prepare grill for medium heat and oil grate. Grill patties, about 4-5 min per side. 

Open warmed pita and fill with lamb patty, lettuce and yogurt sauce and other garnish(es) desired OR wrap lamb in naan and top with garnishes.