When I think of summer celebrations, I think of outdoor parties with folks gathered around a grill, laughing, and maybe enjoying an adult beverage. The grill becomes the gathering place for many parties. At least in my circle it does. The anticipation of the sizzle when a burger hits the grill and how good it will taste once it is infused with that smoky goodness.
There are so many different spins on the classic burger. You can make one out of any type of meat and there are lots of great veggie burgers as well. The options are endless. Today we’re talking about lamb burgers. If you’ve never tried lamb in a burger, I encourage you to give it a whirl. It is juicy and delicious. This burger became a favorite in our house a few years back. We prefer it served open face on a really good sourdough. Serving it this way allows for a bigger serving of the addictive relish that goes on top.
These are a crowd pleaser. I promise. Make them just for yourself or for a group. Making them for 2 or 12 will take the same amount of time. Plus, they will make people like you!
I first made these tasty treats for my husband who claimed “I don’t like lamb.” He has since changed his tune. He likes lamb. He loves these burgers.
Lamb Burgers with Apricot-Pistachio Relish
(adapted from bon appetit) Serves 6
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt plus more for relish
- 1 cup diced pitted fresh apricots
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup diced drained roasted red pepper from jar – or a regular red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar – use red wine if you don’t have sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup coarsely chopped unsalted natural pistachios
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 6 slices (about 1/2 inch thick) sourdough bread – grilled w/ olive oil
Place ground lamb in large bowl; sprinkle 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt evenly over. Gently mix in salt and shape meat into 6 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick. DO AHEAD - especially if entertaining. Who wants to be up to their elbows in ground lamb when guests are over?
Mix apricots and next 6 ingredients in medium bowl; season with salt. Mix chopped pistachios and mint into relish.
Spray or oil the grill. Prepare grill (medium heat). Place burgers on grill. Cook burgers to desired doneness and until slightly charred, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Top each piece of bread with burger. Spoon relish atop burgers.