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Grilled Lamb Burgers
with Pickled Onions

Difficulty 2/5
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Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 10 mins
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Serves 4-6

Hardwood Hickory

You don’t need a roasting spit to make this wood-fired take on Greek-style lamb. Pickled onions, homemade tzatziki sauce and fresh ground lamb round out this savory, gyro-inspired burger.

Ingredients

Pickled Onions

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

6 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp raw cane sugar

Yogurt Sauce

1 cup greek yogurt

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tbsp finely chopped herbs, such as mint, dill and parsley

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Lamb Burgers

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 lb ground lamb

8 oz ground pork

3 tbsp finely chopped mint

2 tbsp finely chopped dill

3 tbsp finely chopped parsley

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 sliced tomato

6 buns

sliced cucumber

butter lettuce

Preparation

To Pickle the Onions: Place the onion, lime juice, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Stir to combine, cover and let sit at room temperature for about 2 hours to soften. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To make the Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, herbs, and 1/2 tsp salt. Adjust the salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, or for up to 2 days.

To make the lamb burgers: In a small skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently until softened, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a small plate to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the lamb, pork, mint, dill, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and cooled onions. Gently mix with your hands. Do not overwork the meat.

Divide the mixture into 6 equal balls. Press into patties and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. If not cooking immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

When ready to cook, set the temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

Place the burgers on the grill and cook until well-browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare, or about 5 minutes per side for well done.

Transfer burgers to a plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Place burgers on buns and top with a generous dollop of herbed yogurt sauce and some pickled onions.

Add lettuce, sliced tomatoes or cucumbers if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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