I love lamb. However lamb does not love my wallet. Ground lamb is a less pricey alternative. Mediterranean flavors enhance the flavor of the lamb.
Mediterranean Lamb Burgers
1 medium onion, finely minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1½ pounds lamb
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon kosher or course sea salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
4 pita pockets,
tzatziki sauce (I bought some from Trader Joe’s. But you can also make it with this recipe)
Heat vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, sauté the minced onion until translucent—about 5 minutes. Remove the onions from the heat and allow them to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine lamb, cooled onions, cilantro, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are combined. Form meat into 4 equal-sized patties. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, carefully add patties and cook them to desired doneness. 3 minutes per side for medium.
Remove burgers from the skillet, Serve in pita pockets topped with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, feta, and arugula. Enjoy!