Monday, June 18, 2012

Lamburgers for Daddy

For the past few years, my mother and father have instituted family dinner twice a week; Mom is responsible for the meal on Tuesdays and Dad has Thursdays.  The food doesn't have to be anything fancy, but they make a point of eating together on those two nights.  (They're so busy that they might otherwise miss each other for days!)  Now that I'm home, I've joined in the fun - I get Sundays.  Because yesterday was Father's Day, I decided to make something a little special: lamb burgers! Except that, just so you know, it's more fun if you call them "lamburgers."  Try it - see?  Way more fun.

We enjoyed the lamburgers piled high with grilled red onions and fresh spinach, with sweet potato chips and grilled garlic tomatoes on the side, but you can do whatever you fancy.

(adapted from Bon Appetit)

2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbs olive oil
1 1/3 lbs ground lamb
4 hamburger buns (we used whole wheat sandwich thins and they were delish)
4 slices goat cheese

Mix the first four ingredients together and then combine well with the lamb.  Shape into four 3/4" thick patties and grill to your desired doneness.  When you flip the burgers over the first time, put a slice of goat cheese on top and let it smoosh into the burger.  Toast the buns, too, while the second side of the burgers is cooking.  Serve and top with - well, anything!

We cooked our tomatoes and red onion on the grill right next to the burgers, just drizzling them with a little olive oil (and minced garlic, for the tomatoes) first.  They were yummy and smokey and perfect with the lamb.

Luckily, we have one burger left over... my office is going to be so jealous when I bring it in for lunch!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend, dear readers, full of family and good food.  Did you cook anything yummy?


  1. Those sound so good! - And "lamburger" is WAY more fun :)

  2. Mmmm I love lamb so therefore that burger is right up my alley. I've never bought ground lamb before but I kind of want to now.

  3. Yum! I love the idea of grilling the tomatoes. I'm definitely trying that soon!

  4. looks sooo good. I do miss eating lamb - so tasty!


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