16 August 2014

Weekend Cooking: Spiced Lamb Burgers

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After my success with the Bon Appetit's spatchcocked chicken, I decided to look for other interesting grilling recipes. In the July issue, I found this for grilled lamb burgers. Even though Mr. BFR had his doubts, we went ahead and gave this recipe a try.

Because there are only two of us, I cut the recipe in half and made only four burgers. The leftovers were delicious cold the next day. Note too, that I weighed the meat mixture so that each pita pocket would have the exact same amount of meat. I used Wegman's brand whole wheat pitas.

By the way, you could use any ground meat, of course, and any spice mixture. Next time we're going to make Cajun-spiced burgers and tuck in a bit of blue cheese with the meat. Yum! The photos are mine.

Spiced Lamb Burgers
Makes 8 burgers
From Bon Appetit (July 2014)
  • 2½ pounds ground lamb, preferably shoulder
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 8 thick medium pita breads with pockets
Using a fork, mix lamb, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup oil in a large bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Prepare grill for medium heat and oil grate. Working one at a time, open each pita pocket by cutting along seam, halfway around perimeter. Spoon filling into pitas, spreading to edges. (I used my hand to fill the pitas.) Close, pressing on filling to seal.

Grill pitas until filling is cooked through and bread is crisp, about 5 minutes per side. (At 400F, our pitas were perfectly medium rare after 5 minutes a side.)

Notes from Bon Appetit: Filling can be made 8 hours ahead; keep chilled. Pita breads can be stuffed 1 hour ahead; cover and chill.


Teddyree 8/16/14, 6:47 AM  

These sound yum, very tasty. We're hanging out for summer and these will be perfect on the BBQ :)

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 8/16/14, 7:22 AM  

Yum! I love lamb, cumin, and coriander and love the idea of serving them in pita pockets. Something a little more interesting than your basic burger...

JoAnn 8/16/14, 7:35 AM  

I love this idea! My husband is a big fan of lamb, so we'll give this a try. Grocery shopping is on the agenda today, so will pick up the ingredients.

bermudaonion 8/16/14, 8:22 AM  

Oh, I loved the idea of grilling a burger in a pita!

Katherine P 8/16/14, 9:42 AM  

I'm not a huge fan of lamb but I love the idea of grilling the meat in the pita pocket. I like how you can change up the flavors depending on your mood. I need to get more creative with grilled food and this looks like a fun recipe to try!

rhapsodyinbooks 8/16/14, 10:40 AM  

I think whole wheat pitas are so much better than the "usual" kind!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 8/16/14, 12:03 PM  

I like the idea of grilling the meat in the pita bread. We always grill the buns and like that crispy taste.

Not sure lamb would go over very well, but I'm pretty sure the Cajun-spiced burgers would be a hit.

Carole 8/16/14, 4:14 PM  

I'm back from vacation - have just posted a simple soup presentation idea for you this time. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Anonymous,  8/17/14, 5:48 PM  

That sounds so good. I've never cooked lamb before but sure love eating it :P

thecuecard 8/24/14, 6:03 PM  

I'd like to try making the lamb burgers, Yum!
thanks for the recipe

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