Middle Eastern lamb burgers
Lindsey Bareham's delicious little burgers will add a Middle Eastern twist to any barbecue.
middle eastern lamb burgers
- 50g/2oz pine kernels
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 red onion
- 50g/2oz bunch of coriander
- 500g/1lb 2oz minced lamb
- 2 limes or small lemons
Makes 16 small burgers
- Heat ½ tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and quickly stir fry the pine kernels until golden. Tip on to a double fold of kitchen paper to drain.
- Peel, halve and finely chop the onion. Wash the coriander, shake dry and chop finely – stalks and all.
- Place meat, onion, pine kernels and coriander in a mixing bowl. Add rest of oil. Season generously then use your hands to mix and mulch the ingredients, forming it into a ball.
- Rinse your hands and, with wet fingers, divide the ball into 4 equal pieces. Divide each quarter in 4 then roll and pat into small patties-cum-burgers. Set aside on a plate as you go. Cover the patties with clingfilm and store in the fridge for at least 10 minutes (and up to 24 hours) to chill and firm up.
- Cook the burgers without moving for 3-4 minutes a side until crusty on the outside and moist within. Warm the limes on the edge of the barbecue (it makes them super-juicy) cut into wedges and serve with the burgers.
Barbecue bits on the side
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