Spiced burgers with a fresh green pesto to go along with :)
1.5 Lb course ground lamb
3/4 cup onion finely chopped
1 tblspn flour
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp paprika | red chilly powder
1 tblspn ginger garlic paste
1 tsp oil ( + 1 tsp to grease hand )
2 Beefsteak tomatoes
2 bunches of fresh coriander
1/2 bunch fresh mint
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup water
Preparations time : 15 minutes
Leave the lamb outside for 20 minutes prior to start of preparation inorder to bring it to room temperature. Start by breaking up the lamb in a large bowl. Add onion , flour , sugar , salt , pepper , red chilly powder & ginger - garlic. Mix the ingredients into the lamb by folding the meat inside for 3-4 minutes. Add egg and oil (1 tsp ) and mix for another 2 minutes. Make portions of the lamb by first leveling the lamb and then making 5 parts. Grease your palm with 1tsp oil. Take each part of lamb and make a round ball. Flatten the ball applying gentle pressure evenly until the thickness of the burger is 1/4"- 1/3". The size of the burger should be 4-5" in diameter.
Preparations time : 30-40 minutes
These burgers can can be seared over a pan or on a grill. Make sure the pan(preferably cast iron or any other thick pan ) is pretty hot. Then place the burgers on the grill without any oil. For medium-well done burgers let them cook for 2.5 minutes on each side. The burgers should start caramelizing ( light - medium brown ). Let the burgers sit for 2-3 minutes before serving.
Preparations time : 3-4 minutes
For the pesto,
Add the coriander and mint to a blender and set on puree. Add the water, ground pepper & salt and start to puree the mixture. Open the top lid of the blender and pour in the olive oil until a bright green smooth blend is achieved (2-3 minutes).
Serve the burgers with slices of beefsteak tomatoes and pesto over your favorite kaiser rolls.