Monday, 6 July 2009

Indian Spiced Lamb 'Burgers'

Continuing with the BBQ/Indian food theme (well, the weather continues to be good so why not?!) it's time to turn to that modern day and much consumed in various guises of foods, the burger.

Now the burger gets a hard time from the food police. Blamed for the continuing obesity 'crisis' that has hit our shores, burger bars and other fast food joints are being ganged up on one side from the 'you must be insane to eat in such a place you fool' lot and the doors battered down by the 'we don't care, we'll eat what we want thank you very much' gang. Agree or disagree with what amounts to be some minced meat, flattened, fried then stuffed in between a bun, there is no doubt the power of the thing. We bleedin' love 'em really don't we?

Me, I prefer to make my own, and with the BBQ out it seems foolish to not get 'squidging' with the nipper and form a few patties for the grill. Served once every few weeks with a decent bun, some salad and wedges and it becomes a balanced meal. Therefore I plead not guilty PC Food Snob. And so should you as long as you aren't living in one of the places. Enjoy.

Indian Spiced Lamb 'Burgers'
Makes 6 large burgers

500g quality minced lamb
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 thumb of fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
A handful each of fresh mint and coriander
1 egg, beaten
Salt and pepper
2 handfuls of stale breadcrumbs

1 - Put the mustard seeds into a dry frying pan and toast until fragrant. Remove.
2 - Put all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl them combine thoroughly with your hands.
3 - Form into your preferred burger size then grill or BBQ to your desired rareness. Or form around BBQ sticks and call them a shish kebab.
4 - Serve with toasted sesame seed buns, fresh salad and raita.

9 comments:

Ed Bruske said...

David, meat is not responsible for obesity. That would be carbohydrates. Eat plenty of meat and other proteins, but do so from grass-fed animals, for the sake of the environment, the farming economy and for all the good omega-3 fats. In fact, do melt a nice slice of artensal cheese on that burger, just serve it without the nasty bun, which just turns into sugar (glucose) when you eat it, the real source of weight gain:

http://www.theslowcook.com/2009/04/22/its-not-the-burger-its-the-bun-a-defense-of-meat/

Bellini Valli said...

A nice lamb burger such as this with a dollop of tzadziki would hit the spot:D

Crab Burgers said...

I love this recipe coz i love Indian food and especially cooked by an Indian.

Lucy said...

Oooh homemade burgers are always so much better than fast-food ones, and much healthier as you know whats in them - obviously! A burger like the one in your picture - rather hard to resist :)

Cynthia said...

I've never had a lamb burger. I bet is moist and delicious.

Antonia said...

I love different takes on burgers - my current favourite is a Thai-spiced pork burger served with coriander mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce. This indian lamb version sounds right up my street so I'll have to give it a try next time the BBQ is out.

Caleb said...

Easy Recipes - Food For Thought, Food For Your Mouth

Gavan, The Healthy Irishman said...

Great minds think a like young man. Threw one of these up myself a couple of weeks back. Love those Indian flavours. Looks great, man.
Hope life's great.
Gav

Chef Jeena said...

Hi David how are you?

Lovely recipe - you know me if there are spices involved then I am there! I bet the flavours were so tasty.