During the summer season everyone cooks burgers (at least once). So do I.
Actually, I am making burgers more than once, and I prefer to serve them as a part of ‘burger by the flavor’ dinner. What does it mean? This is a burger dinner for which I am selecting side dishes and condiments to complement the spices in the meat, poultry or fish. Thus, my traditional American salt-pepper-ketchup burger is usually accompanied with fries as a side and a variety of pickled vegetables. To a lamb burger, like in this recipe, I am adding a bowl of homemade tzatziki and a couscous based side dish to create a right combination of flavors that will satisfy most demanding critics.
The unique taste of the lamb, peppery arugula and creamy avocado perfectly complement each other. And a touch of a refreshing tzatziki sauce helps to create an incredibly tasty Middle Eastern accent.
(On the photo you can see my son’s actual lamb burger with added pickled cucumbers and red spicy sauce he chose instead of tzatziki)
Lamb Burgers with Avocado and Arugula
- 1 ½ lb ground lamb (approximately 6 oz per serving)
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- ½ onion, preferably red or sweet, sliced
- 1 avocado + lemon or lime juice for drizzling
- 2 – 3 cups arugula
- Boston salad leaves (optional)
- 6-8 tbsp tzatziki or to taste
- 4 hamburger buns
- A bit of olive (or other vegetable) oil for burgers
In a large bowl, mix together the lamb, cumin, coriander, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Do not over mix, or the burgers will be tough and not juicy.
Make burgers 3/4 ” thick. Make a depression in the center of each burger. Brush the burgers with the oil.
Grill the burgers on medium-high for approximately 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
Grill the burger buns cut side down for 45 seconds.
Cut the avocado into thin slices. Drizzle a lemon or lime juice over the slices.
Serve the burgers with the onion slices, avocado, arugula and tzatziki.
Cook with pleasure!