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Curried Lamb Burgers and Mint Raita

April 28, 2011

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Burgers are an easy lunch staple for batch cooking. They’re quick and versatile. I try to make either lamb or turkey burgers since I otherwise eat a lot of beef. One way to spruce up burgers is to use lots of seasonings, like this modified epicurious curried lamb burger recipe. I didn’t find them spicy at all, just flavourful, but the mint raita went very well with them. Sauces, raitas, aiolis, etc. are a great way to dress up burgers. The recipe also calls for some grilled zucchini with green onions and chile as a side, which I’m sure would taste great, but I passed on it. I tend to eat my lunches cold, and zucchini straight from the fridge didn’t really appeal to me.

Ingredients:

Raita:

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (preferably Greek-style)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/4 tsp finely grated lime peel
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Burgers:

  • ghee
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons peeled fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper, divided

Preparation:

Raita:

1. Mix all ingredients in bowl.

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Chill in fridge, at least 30 minutes.

Burgers:

1. Heat ghee in large skillet over medium heat.

2. Add onion, ginger, and 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté until onion is tender (about 8 minutes). Add curry powder and stir 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Cool for at least 15 minutes.

3. Place lamb in large bowl. Add onion mixture, 1 tsp salt, cilantro, and 1 tsp pepper. Mix gently by hand. Shape into six 1/2” thick patties.

4. Grill burgers (we ended up baking ours, but I think I prefer grilled).

5. Serve dollop of raita over burgers.

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Shared with Real Food Wednesdays.

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Melissa @ Dyno-mom June 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

These look so great! I shared them on my blog FB. I will have to try them, soon. I am already hungry.

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[email protected] June 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy them :)

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Carly April 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

People on the Autoimmune Protocol can’t have milk (including yogurt) or seed based spices such as cumin, curry, etc. A lot of your recipes include items that aren’t allowed on the Autoimmune Protocol, so just thought you should be aware of this.

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[email protected] April 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Thanks for stopping by. If you are looking for autoimmune specific recipes, there are some on my recipe page under the last heading: Autoimmune Protocol Friendly.

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