Grilled Lamb Burgers with Marinated Red Onions, Dill, and Feta
When you tire of the basic burger, this Mediterranean-inspired version is just the ticket. The quick-pickled red onions add dimension and are a great addition to the cucumber, tomato, and feta. To keep with the Greek theme, serve the burgers in warm pita bread, though whole-wheat hamburger buns would work, too.
For tips on grilling the perfect burger, check out the Guide to Grilling.
1-1/4 lb. ground lamb
2 tsp. sweet paprika
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 small clove garlic, minced and mashed to a paste
6 oz. feta, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 8)
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 Tbs. red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
4 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed
4 thin slices tomato
8 thin slices English cucumber
Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire. Clean and oil the grill grates. Gently mix the lamb with the paprika, oregano, garlic, and 1 tsp. salt. Form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
On a large plate, lay out the slices of feta and sprinkle with the olive oil and 1 Tbs. of the dill. In a small bowl, toss the onion with the vinegar, sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and the remaining 1 Tbs. dill, and let sit for10 to 15 minutes at room temperature.
Grill the burgers on one side until they have good grill marks, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until it has good grill marks, too, and the burgers are just light pink inside (make a nick with a paring knife), about 5 minutes for medium doneness.
Serve the burgers in the warmed pita with the feta, tomato, cucumber, and a heaping teaspoon of pickled onions.
For a flavorful and colorful side, serve with Roasted Romanos and Tomatoes with Tapenade
From Book Big Buy
, pp. 71
April 1, 2010