Sunday, October 2, 2011

Grilled Spicy Lamb Burgers

Good afternoon bloggers. Welcome to another edition of Everyday Meals. I'm you're host with the most (recipes, of course), Mandie. Today we are taking our cooking to the grill. I figured, we might as well soak up what we can of some of the warm weather before it gets chilly with Fall all ready upon us. We are going to be grilling burgers, but not just any burgers. We are going to be utilizing lamb as our meat substitute. Lamb is the meat of a sheep in it's first year. Lamb is typically sorted into 3 kinds of meat: loin, hindquarter, and forequarter. The forequarter includes the neck, shoulder, front legs, and the ribs. The hindquarter includes the rear and the hip. Finally, the loin includes the ribs between the two. Here in the United States, there are approximately up to 8 types of cuts of lamb, but we won't go into those right now. Why don't we meet by the grill instead and cook up some tasty burgers instead?

Grilled Spicy Lamb Burgers

You will need:

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

Phew! What a shopping list! Let's continue.

  1. Preheat the grill for medium heat. 
  2. Place the lamb in a large bowl, and mix with the mint, cilantro, oregano, garlic, sherry, vinegar, and molasses. 
  3. Season with cumin, allspice, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and mix well. 
  4. Shape the meat into 4 patties. 
  5. Brush the grill grate with oil. 
  6. Grill the burgers for 5 minutes on each side, or until well done. 
  7. Heat the pita pocket briefly on the grill. 
  8. Serve the burgers wrapped in pitas (or buns) with feta cheese.
  9. Enjoy!

Well done on making an excellent lamb burger! I hope you all walk away with a sense of pride in your hearts and joy in your bellies. Have a great day and I will catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all! <3