Are you a burger person?
I am a made at home burger person. When eating out it seems like the burgers are never quite right. Plus it seems absurd to pay $12 for something I can make four of at home for that price. Or more if I make the bread from scratch. Yes even lamb burgers.
Nathan is the burger master at our house. If you recall he is in charge of some of the cooking duties around here- anything involving the wok, until recently anything involving yeast, and most certainly burgers. I would say most things involving the grill but I have been know to start the BBQ and grill things myself.
Although that hasn’t happened of late.
Ok Nathan the grill is yours.
He really makes the best hamburgers. We need to actually sit down and write out what he adds the ground beef when he makes them and share them with you. Out of this world delicious.
These lamb burgers are almost not made without his help. I hate forming the meat into patties so I leave that up to his expertise. When making this recipe I put everything in the bowl for him then move on to other dinner prep duties.
These delicious burgers are a bit different. They contain some sweet spices (allspice, cinnamon) so they have a distinct greek or moroccan flavor to them. The grated onion gives it moisture and another tasty layer of flavor. Try it out. I promise they are good. Branching out in burger land is good for you.
Do not skip topping these with feta, tomato, lettuce, and vinaigrette. It completes the whole burger and elevates it to tasty perfection.
I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I am just trying to make your at home burger as perfect as it can be.
Lamb Burgers (serves 4)
Adapted from Rachel Ray
1 pound ground lamb
1 medium yellow onion, peeled
1 teaspoons allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Ciabatta rolls (homemade ones if you have the time)
Juice of 2 small lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
Feta, tomatoes, lettuce for topping
Put the lamb in bowl. Using a box grater, grate the onion over the bowl so that the pulp of the onion and juices fall into the meat. Add the spices, pepper flakes, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, to taste, and mix to combine. Form the meat mixture into 4 patties, thinner at the middle and thicker at the edges for even cooking. Fire up the bbq. Once the coals are a medium high heat (hold your hand about 6 inches up for 5 seconds) grill for 5 minutes per side.
While the burgers are cooking combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a container with a lid. Put the lid on and shake hard to mix.
Place the burgers on the ciabatta rolls. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and feta. Drizzle generously with the vinaigrette.