Lamb Burgers


Remember when I said that lamb is one of the foods that I just can't eat because that little voice in my head starts singing "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb..."? And I mentioned that I thought I could try the lamb in burger form?

Well, I finally managed to make lamb burgers. A few months ago I happened to turn the television on and caught an episode of Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. She was making lamb burgers with pickled feta cheese and whole wheat pitas. They looked so tasty and reminded me of Tom saying that he wanted me to cook lamb, duck and various other proteins at some point that I decided I would need to make them. But first, I needed to find somewhere that sold ground lamb.

Even living in civilization again, its not a very popular ingredients around here. I was very impressed last week when I found that the nearest grocery store to me now sells multiple varieties of ground turkey and ground chicken. I did end up finding the ground lamb at the farmers market but they were out when I actually went to make the recipe. The story of my life, I tell ya. Anyway, its part of the reason I was so insistent on going to Wegman's that weekend. If Wegman's didn't have ground lamb I knew I wouldn't find it anywhere.

Of course, they did. Or you wouldn't be reading this recipe.

Lamb Burgers
Source: Anne Burrell
Servings: 4
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    • 1 lb. ground lamb
    • 3 stems green onions, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
    • 1 tsp. lemon zest
    • pinch of red pepper flakes
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 whole-wheat pitas

1. Preheat a grill or broiler.
2. Combine all of the ingredients except for the pitas into a medium-sized bowl. Form into 4 patties.
3. Grill burgers to desired doneness and serve on whole-wheat pitas.

We had these burgers with a slice of mozzarella cheese and I ate mine with lettuce, tomato, and a tiny bit of ranch dressing. Tom had his with just mayo. We were both really surprised to find that the lamb taste is incredibly mild and almost non-existent yet all of the other flavors combined into the patty come through really strongly.

I did manage to put any childhood songs out of my head long enough to really enjoy this burger. Neither of us are big feta fans so I decided to skip out on pickling that for the recipe. I did intent to make the pitas myself (and I'm still planning to) if we made the burgers on the weekend, but we had them during the week.

Tom asked that when I make them next time I find more of a savory recipe since he's not a fan of any citrus in dinners. Or, you know, I could just leave out the lemon zest...

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