Saturday, October 22, 2011

Savoury Lamb Burgers برغر بلحم الغنم اللذيذ

Savoury lamb burgers are super simple and are ready in no time. The key to these burgers is to ensure that they are packed tightly when rolled into a ball before pressing into patties. If it’s not a tight ball, you risk the burgers falling apart while you handle them to and from the pan. Rosemary and lamb are like a match made in heaven (or on your tongue), and the added onion and garlic give the burger a lovely piquancy. When you place the hot lamb burger on top of the tzatziki, the sauce melts into both the pita and burger, infusing both with the delicate but tangy cucumber flavour. Aside from being vegetarian or vegan, there’s no reason not to make this nom-inducing dish tonight… Bon Appétit!

Serving: 4
Active Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 g sunblushed tomatoes
  • 200 g olives (your choice)
  • 200 g feta, roughly chopped
  • 4 pitas (white, whole wheat, seeded – your choice)
  • 115 g tzatziki
  • 100 g baby leaf salad
Preparation Method:
  1. Warm a frying pan on medium-high heat, and lubricate the cooking surface with olive oil
  2. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, onion, garlic, rosemary, a pinch of salt, a couple pinches of pepper and the egg
  3. Using your hand(s) mix all the ingredients really well to ensure every bite will have a bit of everything
  4. Divide the mixture into four portions, roll into tight balls, then shape into approximately 1-inch deep patties
  5. Carefully place the patties into the frying pan, and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side
  6. As the burgers are cooking, pop the pitas into a toaster to quickly heat them up
  7. Plate the pita, and place approximately 2 tbsp of tzatziki  in the middle of each pita
  8. Once the burgers are cooked to your desired “doneness” (I prefer medium-rare), remove from heat and place on top of tzatziki
  9. Sprinkle feta and tomatoes on top of the burgers
  10. Garnish with salad topped with feta, olives, a sprig of fresh rosemary and enjoy!
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