Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lamb Burger

There is something about warm weather that makes me crave lamb. I traveled to Greece one summer and survived on lamb gyros and greek salad for a week (by choice) and ever since I love to have any kind of grilled lamb when it's warm outside. I'm thinking a lamb burger with homemade tzatziki on some naan bread. Now, I know I am mixing ethnic dining experiences here, but I prefer the taste of warm naan bread over pita any day of the week.

I wasn't able to track down ground lamb at the store which really just gives me an excuse to pull out the old meat grinding attachment that the boyfriend bought me. The way to a man's heart may be through food, but he knows that the way to mine is through kitchen appliances.

If you haven't ground your own meat before, there isn't too much to it. I was only able to find lamb leg steaks, so I removed as much silver skin as I could find (that shiny membrane on the outer layer of meat that gets tough when cooked and can jam up a meat grinder if too much gets pushed through) and then cut the meat into chunks. Grinding works best with really cold meat so I put the lamb in the freezer for about 10 - 15 minutes and then fed it through the grinder. Voila - ground lamb.

A little bit of seasoning and some time in my trusty grill pan and I'm on my way to lamb burger deliciousness. The only thing you can even think about serving with the burger is tzatziki. I prefer to make my own (recipe in a coming post), but store bought works well too.

Lamb Burger for One
6 oz Ground Lamb
1/2 T Cumin
Naan Bread
Tzatziki (store bought or recipe found here)
2 -3 Leaves Lettuce
6 Sliced Cherry Tomatoes

Mix cumin and salt into ground lamb and shape into patty. Set grill pan over medium heat and grill patty 2 - 3 minutes per side depending on how well done you want it. Heat naan bread according to package instructions and drizzle with tzatziki. Place lettuce and burger over naan and finish with more tzatziki and sliced cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!

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