Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Olive Tapenade

I love a good burger. Count me in whether  it’s beef, turkey, vegetarian or one of my favorites – lamb. So, for today’s recipe, I present to you my lamb burger. It’s moist, herbaceous and just plain delicious! I add my tapenade recipe and some feta and oh.my.latte. It’s soooo good.

 

Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Olive Tapenade

 

Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Olive Tapenade

Yields: 4 burgers

 

½ cup panko

½ cup whole milk

1 pound ground lamb

1 teaspoon ground fennel

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 medium cloves garlic, peeled and minced (1/2 teaspoon)

¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons tahini

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 small shallot, diced small (2 tablespoons)

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley

2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

 

In a small bowl, combine the panko and milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, squeeze out excess milk from panko (using your hands) and place panko in a medium bowl. Discard excess milk. To the medium bowl, add remaining ingredients, except extra-virgin olive oil, and gently fold together until just combined.

Form 4 equal sized patties, approximately 1-inch thick and place on a parchment-lined tray or plate.

Place an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake burgers, flipping the burgers once halfway through cooking, until the internal temperature of the burger reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit (use a digital thermometer!) approximately 25 minutes.

Place a large nonstick sauté pan over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Let sit over medium-high heat for 1 minute, until the oil shimmers. Add the burgers and flip after 30 seconds, just enough to sear the bottom side. Sear the opposite side for 30 seconds and remove from heat.

 

Burger Fixings:

Olive Tapenade

1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup baby arugula

4 pieces of Naan or Pita Bread

Slather tapenade on naan and add arugula, burger and feta. Fold bread over burger to enjoy.

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