Friday, 22 May 2009

Something for the weekend

Lunch, dinner or barbecue, these lamb burgers are amazing. Not just healthy and tasty but also economical to make. Eat them with Pitta bread for lunch and for dinner with some roasted new potato wedges.

Spicy Lamb Burgers with Mint Raita and Tomato Red Onion and Rocket Salad
Served in warm Pitta bread

For the lamb burgers
Makes 8-10 burgers

1kg minced lamb
Breadcrumbs, made from 2 slices of brown bread
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
3cm fresh ginger, grated
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1/2tsp turmeric
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the burgers

Place the lamb mince in a large bowl. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Mix well.
Add the bread crumbs and spices. Season well.
Add the egg to bind the mixture together and shape into 8-10 burgers. Cover the burgers with cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Grill the burgers for 5-6 minutes each side

Mint Raita

250ml natural yoghurt
2tbsp mayonnaise
Large handful mint leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Blend the yoghurt and mayonnaise together, add the chopped mint and season with salt and pepper.


1 Large red onion, thinly sliced
Large handful rocket leaves
4 large tomatoes, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss the rocket, tomatoes and red onion together.

Warm the pitta bread in the oven. Fill with lamb burger, salad and mint raita.

Serve with chips or potato wedges tossed in olive oil and roasted in the oven

The lamb burgers can be made the night before cooking and the flavour will improve.
Fry a small piece of the lamb burger mix, taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Make the raita earlier in the day to allow the flavour to develop.
If you don't have any fresh mint, the raita also works well with ready made, garden mint sauce.

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