Lamb Burger

DSC_9593 [1600x1060]I wanted a lamb burger recipe and found several but the one that caught my fancy was this one where the raw ground lamb mixture was stuffed into a pita pocket and grilled until the lamb was done.  I bought some pita loaves but was a little put out when I realized that they didn’t have natural pockets.  I made do by slicing them open with a sharp little knife.  The pita captured all the juices and 6 minutes in the grill press stiffened them enough that they stayed together well enough to dip into the tzatziki.  Not quite a gyro but close.  Easy to make and easy to eat – a winning combination.

Mmm… lamb burger

DSC_7075 (1600x1060)My local Kroger store surprised me with lamb patties but I dithered about using them until tonight when I threw this dinner together.  The yogurt came from one of those little cups – plain Greek yogurt with dried dill weed added and a little garlic.  I’ve been collecting olives, the plate tonight has three kinds: Baby kalamatas, country style cracked green olives, and stuffed manzanillas.  The garden is still producing tomatoes but the nights have been cooler so they will be coming to an end.  Love them with feta and kosher salt.

Sammich Pr0n – Gyro Dogs!

DSC_6274 [1600x1200]I just could not resist doing this.  I thought about it yesterday when I noticed how sausage like those ground lamb kebabs looked.  These sport a dollop of the tzatziki sauce and a sprinkle of chopped tomato and onion, garnished with a chiffonade of mint.

Thursday Recipe Exchange: Burger Week, Part 2

Spicy Lamb Burgers by JeffreyW

I’m travelling again, but made sure to get this ready for you. I decided since I had so many burger recipes I would make a whole week of it. The posts include Cuban Burgers, Dill Burgers, Jalapeno Burgers, Focaccia Burgers and the recipes can be found here.

If burgers aren’t your thing, I also have a week of peach recipes at this link.

That should be enough to keep you busy until I get back. What are you grilling this weekend?

The featured recipes tonight are a Curried Turkey Burger from me and a Spicy Lamb Burger (pictured) from JeffreyW.

Curried Turkey Burgers

Always looking for new flavors to grill and since I love good pita bread, something that would go nicely with that.  Came up with this for a taste treat and a perfect way to use ground turkey since it can be bland if not well seasoned before grilling.  Serve with fresh corn on the cob and grilled eggplant.

  • 1 to 1-1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground curry
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 pita breads

bowl

In bowl combine all ingredients except bread and mix well. Form 4 patties and grill, broil or fry to desired doneness. Serve in pita bread. Ground mustard and mayonnaise make good toppings or a little Greek salad dressing, along with lettuce & tomatoes.

JeffreyW’s Spicy Lamb Burger

The recipe and more scrumptious looking photos can be found here.

Mmm…spicy lamb burgers

I dug a pound of lamb burger from the freezer this morning.  I bought a couple pounds of it a while back, made gyros out of the first pound.  Saw this recipe today while browsing around and remembered that I had some.  We had everything the recipe called for, feta included, but I wanted goat cheese so Mrs J picked some up while on a run to town this afternoon.  Oh, and the cilantro.  Yuck.  She didn’t get any of that, we both suffer from the “tastes like soap” syndrome.

I mixed this stuff up in a bowl and let is sit in the fridge for a couple of hours:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sherry
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 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

I broiled three patties from that mix in the toaster oven and went from there.  Some tomato slices and the same from a smallish red onion and here you go:

End of Summer Grilling: Curried Turkey Burgers

Always looking for new flavors to grill and since I love good pita bread*, something that would go nicely with that.  Came up with this for a taste treat and a perfect way to use ground turkey since it can be bland if not well seasoned before grilling.  Serve with fresh corn on the cob and grilled eggplant.

Curried Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground curry
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 pita breads

bowl

In bowl combine all ingredients except bread and mix well. Form 4 patties and grill, broil or fry to desired doneness. Serve in pita bread. Ground mustard and mayonnaise make good toppings or a little Greek salad dressing, along with lettuce & tomatoes.

*and now that I’ve said that, a friend reminds me that it is difficult to find good pita bread around here.  So I may try my hand at making my own.  I’ve found a good recipe and if I can find time this week where it is not too blazing hot to turn the oven on at 450 degrees I may give it a shot.  Stay tuned….