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Grilled Lamb and Pistachio Burgers

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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4
Servings
479
Calories Per Serving

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 

Ingredients

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

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.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving479
Total Fat40g62%
Sugar2gN/A
Saturated15g77%
Cholesterol103mg34%
Protein25g50%
Carbs4g1%
Vitamin A3µgN/A
Vitamin B123µg55%
Vitamin B60.3mg16.1%
Vitamin C6mg10%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E1mg4.8%
Vitamin K7µg9%
Calcium39mg4%
Fiber1g5%
Folate (food)32µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)32µg8%
Iron3mg15%
Magnesium42mg10%
Monounsaturated18gN/A
Niacin (B3)9mg43%
Phosphorus264mg38%
Polyunsaturated4gN/A
Potassium419mg12%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg18.6%
Sodium386mg16%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg15.5%
Zinc5mg34%