I was in my garden yesterday and it already felt like spring. I know you must be thinking that living in Los Angeles always feels warm, but springtime has something delicate and fresh about it. I love the flavors of spring too, especially good lamb and fresh greens.
So, after trimming some lovely lettuces from my yard, I decided to come inside and make Lamb Burgers for dinner. Ground lamb is easy to find in most grocery stores, but if you have a local butcher or can buy it from a good farmer at a farmer’s market, I would recommend it. Many folks think that lamb has a heavy gamey taste, but when it is super fresh, the meat is delightfully earthly.
I prepared these Lamb Burgers in a stovetop skillet, but you prefer to cook them on an indoor or outdoor grill, that works nicely too. The feta sauce is easy to whip together while the burgers are cooking and I think you will love the salty contrast, it’s tasty. This recipe makes a simply delicious weeknight dinner or prepare these burgers on the weekend, for a cookout or in.
1 pound ground lamb
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup whole plain yogurt
1/3 cup fresh feta, crumbled (by hand)
fresh buns, optional
pickled radish or other pickled veggies, optional
grapeseed oil or other cooking oil
(Makes 4 Burgers)
1. In a large bowl, add the fresh ground lamb. Rough chop the cilantro.
2. Next, add the cilantro to the meat with the onion powder, coriander, paprika, salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. With your hands, gently combine the spices with the meat and form into 4 patties. Place the patties on an oiled plate.
3. In a large iron skillet or stovetop grill, add a tablespoon of oil and place it over medium-high heat. After 2 minutes or until the skillet is lightly smoking, add the lamb burgers. Cook the burgers for 4 minutes and then flip over and cook the other side for 3 minutes.
5. While the burgers are cooking, add the yogurt to a small bowl, followed by the crumbled feta, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper and the juice of 1/2 lime. Stir to combine the sauce and set aside.
6. Arrange the condiments, while the burgers are resting for 2 minutes before serving.
7. Serve each burger on fresh greens or on a bun with a dollop of feta sauce and some pickled radishes. Either way, they both have the delicious taste of spring. Enjoy!