Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Repeat Offender: Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers with beet, red onion, and orange salsa

It was never my intention to post the same recipe on the blog twice but I can't seem to get this one out of my head and I am scared that if I don't share it with you again that you'll miss out. You see, this is the mother of all burgers in my opinion and people LOVE it. It's colorful, flavorful and down-right redonkulous. Can't wait to whip these up for my family next week when I finally get to Napa for the summer.

Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers with beet, red onion, and orange salsa

I add more cilantro and jalapeno to my mixture and leave the olives out. Olives and I can't seem to get along...

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 beets, boiled, peeled, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
1 large orange, peel and pith cut away, flesh cut into 1/3-inch cubes
1 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped pitted green Greek olives

1 large shallot, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño chile, seeded, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 3/4 pounds ground lamb
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

4 large cracked-wheat hamburger buns, split horizontally1 1/3 cups thinly sliced Bibb lettuceMayonnaise

PreparationFor salsa: Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Mix in next 4 ingredients. Season salsa to taste with salt and pepper.Do ahead: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

For burgers: Stir shallot, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, salt, black pepper, paprika, and cumin in large bowl to blend. Add lamb and mix gently to combine. Shape mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Arrange on small baking sheet. Do ahead: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill.Spray grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill buns, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to work surface. Place lettuce and large spoonful of salsa on each bun bottom. Grill burgers until slightly charred and cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Place 1 burger on each bun. Top each with mayonnaise and bun top. Serve with remaining salsa.


Missy said...

Can I make these with beef? You know my wierdness with lamb...

Anonymous said...

I don;t see why not at least trying it...? What about turkey? liz