Easter Sunday has been and gone – and if like us you have leftover lamb you NEED to make our Leftover Lamb Burgers with Fresh Raita!
This is the best solution for leftover lamb – it’s delicious, quick, easy, fresh and a total alternative to anything you ate at Easter (or any other time of the year that you ate lamb!)
Captain America and I LOVE lamb – it is our favorite meat so we are always looking for ways of being creative with it. We don’t eat it very often as it’s so expensive, but after Passover and Easter we often have lots of leftovers – because we are so good at over catering!
This Leftover Lamb Burger with Fresh Raita recipe is a personal favorite – we were very proud of our creations and can’t with until next year so we can eat it again!
I love the addition of the fresh raita! Unfortunately Captain America couldn’t eat it as it contains dairy and he is allergic – so he had to take my word for it……it is the PERFECT addition to this dish, so unless you are allergic to dairy too don’t miss it out!
To make the burgers:
2 C cooked ground lamb
1/2 onion, diced
2 tbsp parsley
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped finely
1/2 C Italian breadcrumbs
fresh mint (optional)
To make Fresh Raita:
7oz greek plain yoghurt
1 green onion, diced
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cucumber, diced finely
1/2 tsp dried coriander
To grind the cooked lamb: add pieces to a food processor or Vitamix, add enough water to cover the lamb pieces and blend at high speed until the lamb is finely shredded. Drain in a fine colander immediately, squeezing out any excess water.
In a large bowl, add the ground lamb, onion, seasonings, eggs and breadcrumbs.
Mix together thoroughly ensuring that all the ingredients are evenly mixed
Shape the mixture into an even burger patty, and place in a pan on a medium-high heat.
Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until golden brown, carefully turn over each patty and cook for a further 5 minutes.
To make the Raita:
Peel the cucumber, cut it in half and remove the seeds, chop into small diced pieces.
In a small bowl add the ingredients and stir together.
Warm the pita breads in a microwave or toaster, carefully slice in half and open to form a ‘pocket’
Add the burger, cucumber slices, raita and fresh mint and serve immediately.