Lamb burgers with herbed yoghurt

Lamb burgers with herbed yoghurt

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From
Indian Food Made Easy
Makes
6
Photographer
Vanessa Courtier

This recipe may not sound like an overtly Indian dish, and in a way it isn’t. However, it is heavily based on the traditional lamb kebabs we’ve been eating for hundreds of years. This is my way of incorporating the delicious flavours of these kebabs into everyday eating. The succulent burgers are packed with interesting flavours and they work beautifully with the cool herbed yoghurt and the fresh crunch of the vegetables.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 small onion, peeled
12g fresh ginger, peeled
15g garlic, peeled
20g fresh coriander stalks and leaves
2-3 green chillies, chopped
or 1/2-1 teaspoon red chilli powder
450g lamb mince
3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 rounded teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 large egg
2 slices thick-cut white bread, crumbed, or enough to bind well
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for oiling

Herbed yoghurt

Quantity Ingredient
300ml greek-style thick yoghurt
30g fresh coriander leaves
15g fresh mint leaves
or 1 tablespoon good-quality dried mint
1-2 green chillies, (optional)
salt, to taste
1/2-1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
6 hamburger buns
lettuce leaves
2 plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise
1 onion, peeled and sliced crosswise into large rings

Method

  1. Using a hand blender, finely chop the onion, ginger, garlic, coriander and green chillies by pulsing or chop them all by hand. Add to the mince along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Shape into six burgers and chill for 20 minutes or until you want to eat, taking them out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to start cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for the herbed yoghurt and season to taste.
  4. Heat the oven or grill and cook the burgers on a well-oiled grill or baking sheet for 10 minutes, turning them halfway. I like to add the hamburger buns to the oven for 3–4 minutes before I take the burgers out.
  5. Serve in warmed hamburger buns on a bed of lettuce, tomato and onion rings with a good spoonful of the herbed yoghurt on the top.
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Indian
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weeknight
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