July 12th, 2010
We’re well into summer, folks—have you been eating plenty of burgers?
And are you sick of eating plenty of burgers?
Yea. Me, too. Yet, I keep making them. They are quintessentially summer. And a cinch to feed the kiddos, even little ones (they break into age appropriate bite sizes and are easy to chew, making them a perfect finger food). And, yes, they are yummy. But, guess what? I’m working on making them yummier. Or at least making them all different kinds of yummy. And these lamb burgers will help you make burger time all different kinds of yummy at your house, too.
These are super simple. In fact, if you’re short on time, just make patties out of plain ground lamb, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, maybe some coriander and/or cumin, and fry or grill them up. I took it a step further and added chopped onion and fresh oregano. But, really, it’s the yogurt sauce that makes these so delicious.
Ditch the ketchup and top these burgers with a quick tzatziki-like sauce. Greek-style yogurt, dill, lemon and garlic will do you right. I like adding sliced cucumbers (and tomatoes) on top of my lamb burger, but you can add chopped cucumber to your yogurt sauce if you prefer.
Yum. Yum. Yum.
Take that, beef burger.
Lamb Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
(can be served to kids 8+ mos)
for the burger
1 lb ground lamb
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
salt & pepper
olive oil for greasing the pan or grill
for the yogurt sauce
1 6-oz container greek yogurt
juice of 1/2 a large (or 1 whole small) lemon
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chopped dill (if you don’t love dill the way I do, taste after 1 Tbsp—it may be enough)
1. Mix ground meat with onion, oregano, salt and pepper. Form patties, making a slight indentation in the center. Throw them in a barely oiled hot pan (before heating the pan, pour a little oil onto a paper towel and wipe the pan down; lamb is fatty and too much oil will make these greasy) or well oiled grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
2. Make the yogurt sauce while the burgers cook. Mix yogurt together with remaining sauce ingredients. Stir and adjust ingredients to taste.
3. Serve lamb burgers in pita pockets (skip for a gluten-free meal) will yogurt sauce, sliced cucumber and sliced tomato. Chomp away.