Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lamb Burgers

     I have never eaten lamb before, so this was new territory for me.  I am the girl that loves a good hamburger and fries, a Sunday pot roast, and Kentucky Fried Chicken at a picnic.  Of course with a child allergic to beef and chicken, I have been forced to try new things, buffalo, and now lamb.  I've always passed on a Gyros for a good Cheesesteak.  I know that many of you probably frequent lamb and think, Girl, what took you so long?   Honestly, I have no idea.
    I loved this recipe.  It comes from my favorite website hangout,  Allrecipes.  This burger is a nice change from the regular.   I wanted to include a picture, but it was another case of starving kids who ate them all before I could get my camera out.
    I made note of what I used in my burgers in blue.  I would have used more of the fresh spices if I wasn't making it for my kids, who by the way thought it was divine.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves (1Tbsp)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (1Tbsp)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (1Tbsp)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sherry (omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (rice vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omitted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pita bread rounds (gluten free buns)
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (omitted)

Directions

  1. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  2. Place the lamb in a large bowl, and mix with the mint, cilantro, oregano, garlic, sherry, vinegar, and molasses. Season with cumin, allspice, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and mix well. Shape into 4 patties.
  3. Brush grill grate with oil. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side, or until well done. Serve burgers wrapped in pitas (gluten free flatbread) with feta cheese (or not if your dairy free).

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