A quick and easy lamb burger recipe

If you do a poll on the different types of meat grilled at a family cookout or barbecue most people would answer with meats like chicken, pork chops, ribs, steaks, sausages and beef burgers. Very few people if any are likely to say lamb burgers, which is a shame. The ‘right’ sort of lamb burgers can provide that wow factor and make your family cookout or barbecue something your guests will remember for a long time. 

Many different companies make lamb burgers, which are supplied by most major supermarkets. Lamb burgers are either frozen and bought from the freezer aisle or freshly refrigerated and bought from the chilled foods aisle. Ready-made lamb burgers are adequate and taste ok, however they seldom taste amazing. Arguably, the worst thing about these ready-made burgers is that they are full of additives and preservatives and made out of processed ingredients. As such, these ready-made burgers are often high in saturated fats, high in calories and high in cholesterol, neither of which are nutritionally good for you. The nutritional values of these ready-made burgers are often enough to make potential consumers think twice about buying and eating the burgers.

Lamb burgers needn’t be unhealthy. It is easily possible to make homemade lamb burgers that are healthy, nutritious and very tasty. Many people are under the misconception that lamb burgers are difficult to make and you need great culinary skills to make them, however this is not the case. Making your own burgers is quick, easy and uses a few basic ingredients that are readily available from all supermarkets.

So, what ingredients do I need to make some healthy lamb burgers? A basic lamb burger requires few ingredients, including five hundred grams of minced lamb, one large onion finely chopped, two cloves of crushed garlic, a teaspoon of dried rosemary, a small bunch of parsley and two slices of white bread.

So, with all the ingredients on the work top it is time to make your lamb burger. The first step is to put the minced lamb in to a mixing bowl. Next, soak the slices of bread and then squeeze in to a ball. It is important to squeeze out all the excess water and then crumble the bread over the top of the meat. Next, put the rest of the ingredients in to the bowl and then thoroughly knead the ingredients in to lamb burger dough. The best way to knead the dough is to use your hands. You should never use a food processor with a bread dough attachment for this because it is too harsh and will prevent the lamb burger dough from binding together.

Once the lamb burger dough is prepared you need to make the lamb burger dough in to equal sized patties. If the lamb burgers are all different sizes they will be more awkward to cook, therefore you need to ensure the lamb burgers are all the same size. Once the lamb burgers are made they should be put on a floured tray and put in the fridge for at least thirty minutes. Chilling the lamb burgers immediately after they are made will make the lamb burgers more durable, which will stop them disintegrating and falling apart as they are being cooked.

Some homemade lamb burgers ready to be grilled on the barbecue. Make sure you chill them for a few hours prior to cooking them as this makes them more durable and less likely to fall apart.

Lamb burgers read to be grilled

The lamb burgers can be oven baked, cooked under the grill of a conventional oven or grilled on a barbecue. Arguably, the best way of cooking the lamb burgers is on the barbecue, however lamb burgers don’t taste too bad cooked using the other methods, therefore you can enjoy lamb burgers all year around.

Lamb burgers can be eaten with anything, however I think the lamb burger is best served in a bun and eaten with the typical barbeques side dishes, such as coleslaw, pasta salad, green salad and potato salad. Alternatively, serving a lamb burger with some fries, just like a conventional beef burger, also works very well.

Leaving the health benefits and nutritional values aside, there are many other benefits associated in making homemade lamb burgers. When you make your own lamb burgers you can tailor the quality, the type and quantity of each and every ingredient used in making the lamb burgers.

The quality of ingredients used in making homemade lamb burgers is entirely up to you. Lean minced lamb will lead to the healthiest lamb burgers however lean minced lamb is not as tasty as minced lamb with a higher fat content. Similarly, lamb burgers made out of minced lamb with a higher fat content will be more succulent, juicy and will not be as dry. So, when you are making your own lamb burgers you need to consider what compromise you are willing to make. Are you prepared to have a drier lamb burger with less taste in order to consume less calories and less fat? The answer to this will vary from person to person.

Some homemade lamb burgers sizzling away nicely on the grill of a barbecue.

Tasty lamb burgers on the grill

If you are looking for something a bit different for your next family cookout or barbecue homemade lamb burgers may be exactly what you are looking for. They are quick to make, they are easy to make and once you nail the precise quality and quantity of the ingredients your lamb burgers will taste amazing.