We are well into summer. Fall will be creeping up on us before we know it. Soon it will be time for savory stews, juicy roasts, and hearty pasta dishes. But for now, it’s still time to grill, enjoy summer’s bounty, and beautiful weather. (Though ironically it’s been raining cats and dogs while I wrote this.) Many of us have probably already run though our favorite burger recipes, maybe used them a number of times by now. Which is why It’s time for a brand new burger recipe today! Can you really have enough burgers in the summer? I think not. But… it is nice to change your ‘old hat recipe’ out for something new once n’ while.
Today’s recipe came about because I was in the mood for lamb burgers (a great way to shake up the traditional burger), but had no lamb. So I took ground beef and spiced it in a way that would generally be considered complimentary to lamb. Mint, cumin, a hint of garlic, a touch of cinnamon, and you’ve got a fresh burger for your next Saturday BBQ. Serve it alongside a basic green salad, or perhaps a nice couscous based pasta salad (keeping to the Moroccan theme ), and you’ve got a well rounded and complete meal!
- 2 lb. ground beef
- 8 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 teaspoons fresh mint, minced
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 egg whisked
- 1. Add ground beef to a large mixing bowl. Add onion flakes, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, mint, garlic powder, and whisked egg.
- 2. Using hands, mix spices into the ground beef. Mix VERY well to ensure spices and whisked egg are evenly distributed.
- 3. Divide meat mixture into 8 even parts. Use hands to form 8 round patty shapes.
- 4. Grill burgers to desired temperature.
- Consider serving on flatbread, with goat cheese for topping.