Grilled Lamb and Pistachio Burgers

Where's There's Smoke Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Pound  ground lamb
  • 1/4 Cup  unsalted shelled pistachios, chopped
  • segments preserved lemons or oranges, flesh cut away and discarded, rind finely minced
  • 2 Teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon  ground coriander
  • turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons  water
  • 1 Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil

Lamb meat is not usually used to make burgers, explains author Barton Seaver of Where There’s Smoke, because the fat in the meat is not a favorable flavor or mouthfeel, making it difficult to create a juicy patty. He resolves this issue by substituting some of the fat taken out of the meat with olive oil, and pairs his lamb burgers with other like-minded Mediterranean ingredients such as preserved lemons for flavor and ground pistachios for texture and aroma.

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Directions

Place all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and, working quickly but deliberately, mix by hand or with a fork until they are thoroughly combined. The danger here is mixing too aggressively. If you heat up the mixture too much or too fast, then it turns into a paste which, when cooked, will have the texture of a hot dog. By mixing with care, you retain the texture of the lamb and end up with a hamburger-like mouthfeel. Chill the mixture for at least 20 minutes.

Evenly divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape them into balls. Gently flatten them so they look like sad meatballs and set them just adjacent to the coals of a medium fire flavored with applewood or oak. Cover the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire. Flip the patties and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the patties to the coolest part of the grill and cook 2 minutes longer, or until they are about medium doneness, then serve immediately.

Notes

 

Reprinted with permission from Where There’s Smoke © 2013 by Barton Seaver, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Katie Stoops 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

483 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

24%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 40g 62%
  • Carbs 5g 2%
  • Saturated 15g 77%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 18g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 25g 51%
  • Cholesterol 103mg 34%
  • Sodium 1,033mg 43%
  • Calcium 43mg 4%
  • Magnesium 43mg 11%
  • Potassium 441mg 13%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 5mg 34%
  • Phosphorus 267mg 38%
  • Vitamin A 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 17%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 33µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 55%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 9%
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