Monday, June 21, 2010

Curry Lamb Burgers with Cucumber Dressing

I get tired of the same old meals. This is a relatively easy recipe for an experienced cook. I say that because I am estimating the measurements and you will need to use your judgment on some things. Not to keen on trying lamb? Or can't find it in your local grocery? Substitute ground hamburger or turkey. You can serve on a roll or hamburger bun but we eat it without the bread.

  • about 1.25-1.5 lbs ground lamb (not offered at some stores) I used to buy this at Shaws but they have moved out of the area. If you live in upper Fairfield County, CT this can be purchased at Food Basics on Park Ave and North Ave in Bridgeport. You can ask a local butcher if you cant find it. Stop & Shop butcher said they don't sell ground lamb.
  • brown mustard (about 2 tbsp)
  • about 1/4 cup curry powder (remember curry powder is not hot, add red pepper flakes for heat)
  • 2 large eggs
  • about 1 cup breadcrumbs (I used Italian breadcrumbs)
  • about 2 tbsp minced garlic (I use the jar of minced garlic) 
  • Optional: black pepper, finely chopped white onion or scallion, 1 tbsp celery powder, red pepper flakes
 For Cucumber dressing
  • cheese grater
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 container of plain Greek yogurt 
  • lemon juice 1 tea spoon
  • salt & white pepper (optional) to taste 1 pinch at a time
  1.  Make cucumber dressing first by grating the cucumber into a bowl, pour off excess juice from cucumber, mix in Greek yogurt, lemon juice and salt. Store in refrigerator while you prepare and cook burgers.
  2. Heat grill or skillet or hot plate to med high. 
  3. In a large bowl mix all ingredients for burgers.
  4. Form into burger shape no more than 1 inch thick
  5. lightly oil the cooking surface I use olive oil or non-stick spray
  6. cook on each side about 4-5min, remove from heat and let rest for another 5 min
  7. If you are serving on buns, prepare your buns and add lettuce and sliced tomato if you want
  8. Stir your cucumber dressing before adding a dollop to burgers. You'll probably have some dressing left over.

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