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LAMB BURGERS WITH MOROCCAN SPICES
Date: May 10, 2014 Viewing:Click on THUMBNAIL to bring up larger image with captions. There will also be controls for manual or self running slide show. Learn More:ClickHERE to jump to additional Info about this recipe.
The salsa for this dish could be made ahead and refrigerated. This is what I did starting with the beets.
The beets were boiled for nearly an hour until they were soft.
While the beets were boiling I baked some Beautiful Burger Buns (KAF Recipe) on the Egg.
The buns are done and are cooling.
When the beets were done, it was time to make the salsa using: Diced beets, diced orange, salt, EVOO, pepper, diced green olives, diced red onions, honey & lemon juice.
Time to make the lamb patties which could also be made ahead. The ingredients were: 2 pounds ground lamb, shallot, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, diced jalapeño, salt, cumin, black pepper and paprika.
Everything but the ground lamb is placed in a large bowl and mixed together.
The lamb was added to the spice blend and mixed. I weighed out equal sized patties on my Kitchen scale.
The patties were shaped into 3/4” thick patties and refrigerated.
The patties were highly seasoned and I couldn’t wait ti grill them up.
The patties are on the Egg which has been set up for 500 degree direct grilling.
Time to eat!! The side for the burgers was some Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes Galette.
The patties were cooked to a perfect medium rare and were checked with my thermapen.
The homemade Beautiful Burger Buns had a nice sweet flavor.
The salsa was delicious and was used as a condiment on the burger and as a side dish. My guests loved this and kept picking at it long after they were done eating.
The other topping for the burgers were some Bibb lettuce.
To build the burger you started with a toasted bun.
Some salsa went on the bottom bun.
Then a lamb patty.
The Bibb lettuce went on top.
This was a delicious, very flavorful burger and was accompanied by some Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes Galette.
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If this first recipe I've attempted from Bon Appetit's The Grilling Book is any indication, i am in for some excellent eats! The occasion was Mother's Day 2014 and my mother had asked me to do something involving lamb. Now I could put a fancy Prime Rib of Beef and a hamburger in front of her and she would most likely pick the burger. So I decided to do something different. Instead of a roast lamb dish, why not a lamb burger? But I didn't want just any lamb burger, I wanted something special. The recipe fit the bill nicely. The meats was highly seasoned, including some finely diced jalapeño peppers and there was an interesting salsa that went with it, made from diced beets, onions & orange. I also made my own hamburger rolls for the occasion. This recipe didn't disappoint, having unique flavors that everyone loved. My father who is not traditionally a lamb lover was going around his plate with a fork picking up every last piece of lamb that may have broken off of his patty while eating. This was stunning because not to long ago he shunned lamb.
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Lamb Burger with Moroccan Spices and Orange Salsa - Page 91