Recipe: I made the TikTok hot cross lamb burger – with my own twist

Everything’s been a bit weird so far this year – why not make it a bit weirder this Easter

2w ago

Things are finally started to ease up in the UK. We’re even allowed to hang out with people outside in gardens now.

With Easter coming up, it looks like a lot of people will be taking advantage of the new rules. Research from Sainsbury’s shows 58% of the UK have said they plan to host Easter lunch outside this year, so they can see loved ones.

On top of that, 82% have said they’ll go ahead with outdoor plans, whatever the weather, probably because it’s the first time 75% of the nation will have seen their loved ones in 2021.

While it’s traditional to serve a lamb roast at Easter, it’s perhaps not quite so traditional to serve a hot cross lamb burger. However, 51% of households have said they’ll be opting for a less traditional lunch this Easter weekend, with 33% of people barbecuing, 23% ordering takeaways and 19% having picnics.

Sainsbury’s teamed up with TikTok chef PoppyCooks to create the #HotCrossLambBurger, featuring roast lamb, covered in mint sauce, topped with roast potatoes, and of course, served in a hot cross bun. Here’s the original vid.

My version of the #HotCrossLambBurger – and recipe

I was intrigued. But I wanted to make something you could actually eat as a burger – there’s no way you’re picking that up.

Here’s my take on the #HotCrossLambBurger. I made a lamb patty seasoned with cumin and garlic, made a potato rosti, mixed up some minted mayo, topped with a bit of crumbled feta, and assembled the whole thing on a toasted hot cross bun.

I didn’t have particularly high hopes, but it really, really works. Consider me converted to the hot cross burger life. I don’t think it would work with any meat other than lamb, but the mix of sweet and salty is a winning combination here.

If you’re looking for something a little different this Easter, just go for it. We all deserve a treat this year.

Hogg's hot cross lamb burger

Don't knock it until you've tried it

Total time30min


  • ...Lamb burgers...
  • 250g lean lamb mince
  • Cumin and garlic powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt & pepper
  • ...Potato Rosti...
  • 1 large potato
  • Butter (for frying)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ...Minted mayo...
  • Mint sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • ...Burger...
  • 2 hot cross buns
  • Feta, for crumbling


Lamb burgers

  1. Mix your lamb mince with the garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper and egg yolk.
  2. Shape into two patties, and pop into the fridge for a bit while you're making your rosti.
  3. When you're ready to cook your lamb burgers, heat a large griddle pan over a medium heat.
  4. Oil your pan.
  5. Fry your lamb burgers for around 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Potato rosti

  1. Parboil one large potato with the skin on for around 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, peel the potato and grate.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the grated potato.
  4. Once seasoned, shape into patties.
  5. Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat.
  6. Add a good knob of butter.
  7. Carefully add your potato rosti to the pan (with one large potato, you should have enough for three).
  8. Fry on one side for 6-8 minutes, checking it's not burning.
  9. Carefully flip, and cook on the other side for another 6 minutes.

Assembling your hot cross lamb burgers

  1. Lightly toast your hot cross buns.
  2. Mix together your mint sauce and mayonnaise, as much as you want/can handle.
  3. Add your lamb burger to the hot cross bun.
  4. Then add a layer of minted mayo.
  5. Add your potato rosti on top.
  6. Crumble over some feta.
  7. Add the top half of your hot cross bun.
  8. Enjoy.

Recipe by

Rachael Hogg

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Comments (28)

  • This looks delicious.

      19 days ago
  • That looks really, really good!

    I need to start cooking lamb! I've never done it before!

      19 days ago
    • Lamb is great, even better than beef in some instances, because it's fattier and has that slight gamey flavour 👌

        19 days ago
    • I had a braised lamb shank on my last cruise and I fell in love!

        19 days ago
  • That is awesome Rachael!

      19 days ago
  • Sounds and looks really delicious!

      19 days ago
  • Sounds great 👍 I would add a bit of lemon zest and probably a squeeze or two to offset sweetness of cross bun. By the way, you mentioned lean mince. I usually use top of leg, where fat is. This makes burgers very juicy. According to great Delia Smith, burgers should have at least 20% fat content. Anyway, thank you for the great idea. I will definitely try it, but skip mayonnaise.

      19 days ago