Lamb Burgers with Cucumber Mint Raita

by Gavan on June 19, 2009

Grilled Lamb Burgers w/ Cucumber Mint Raita

This Sunday is Father’s Day for us here in the States as well as in Ireland (where most of fam is) and France (where I just returned from).

In honor of my Irish Dad there was only one dish I was going to cook this weekend and that’s the old reliable Irish staple……lamb (and potatoes–tomorrow’s post!)

Sunday also marks the official start of summer so I thought I’d give you a great recipe if you plan on cracking out your grill this weekend. You don’t obviously need the grill, a grill pan works just as well but the flavor you’ll get from the barbecue is definitely worth it. Don’t have a grill yet? Makes a great Father’s Day gift!

RECIPE:
Serves 6

1 1/2 lbs. minced organic or grass-fed Lamb (6 x 5-6 oz burgers)
3 tbsp fresh mint – chopped
1 large shallot – minced
1 garlic clove – minced
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1 egg white
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Put all the above in a large mixing bowl and (with clean hands) mix thoroughly incorporating all the ingredients together. Roll each burger into 6 oz burgers and lay on foiled tray until ready to cook. Preheat indoor grill pan or outdoor grill on high for 5 minutes.

RAITA RECIPE:
6 oz fat free plain yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint – chopped
1/4 cup peeled, diced cucumber
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
pinch of S&P

Mix all Raita ingredients together in bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To finish: Grill burgers as normal to desired temperature and serve with mint raita.

Tomorrow’s post: healthy potato salad. Fire up that grill already!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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