I have no idea how it happened, but my child loves lamb. Ok, that’s an ambitious statement. He often enjoys lamb in this iteration: Ground, spiced and grilled. Maybe it’s the cinnamon, maybe he takes after his lamb-worshipping dad or maybe the stars just happened to align. Whatever — I’ve learned not to ask too many questions and just enjoy it while it lasts.
These take no more time to make than regular burgers, but they deliver in a completely different way. You can also shape the meat mixture into sausage-shaped koftes and grill them.
- 500 g ground lamb or beef
- Half an onion, very finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- Pitas, tzatziki, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, fresh mint for serving
- Combine everything in a medium bowl then shape into 4 large or 6 small patties. Press the patties really thinly -- they tighten up and get fatter as they cook and you don't want them to become baseballs.
- Preheat the barbecue to high. Spray generously with cooking spray. Place the burgers in the grill, cook 1 min then reduce heat to medium-low and cook another 3 min. Flip and cook (with the lid closed) another 4 to 6 min or until burgers are cooked through.
- Serve in pitas with tzatziki, tomatoes, cucumbers and mint.