This lamb kofte burger is the perfect burger for when you want something that bit different. Not only are the flavors delicious, but you can cheat a little with ready-made components, or make it more from scratch as time allows.
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I've said before that lamb is definitely one of my favorites, and I particularly like how it is incorporated into many Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern meals. This kofte burger is a simple twist on some classics from the region, and I can assure you the result is delicious.
What's in this lamb kofte burger?
- Lamb kofte - formed into burgers rather than on sticks
- Muhammara - a delicious red pepper walnut dip/spread
- Fattoush - a classic Middle Eastern salad
- Pita bread
As I say, one of the great bits about this is you can cheat a little to speed things up. Or, if you have a little more time make things from scratch. You can find ready-made muhammara at many supermarkets, though it's really quick and easy to make with the recipe above.
While I haven't seen fattoush ready-made, you can certainly find tabbouleh which would also work well.
How to make the burgers
The kofte burgers themselves don't take long to prepare as you simple add everything in a bowl and mix it together. Don't be afraid to get your hands in there to mix it all up!
You can - and in fact I recommend - make them ahead and put in the fridge until needed. The chilling helps them to firm up and for the flavors to mingle. Then it's a quick cook and put them all together.
As mentioned, I have served these in pitas with some fattoush and muhammara. If you haven't had muhammara before, it's a delicious and versatile dip or spread and super easy to make yourself. That way you also get to decide if you want to add a little heat or not.
You can swap this out for tzatziki, hummus or something else if you prefer, but I really would recommend the muhammara here as the flavors are that bit brighter.
A regular bun would work instead of pita, though I do think pita fits better, given the regional flavors. If you want to cut back in carbs, you could use lettuce instead of bread.
This lamb kofte burger is a simple and delicious mix of aromatically spiced lamb, crunchy salad and flavor-packed muhammara all in a soft pita. So change up your burger night soon with this tasty mix.
Try these other tasty, unusual burgers:
- Lamb burgers with feta sauce and minted tomato salsa
- Maple turkey burgers with bacon and apple
- Chicken satay burgers
- Plus get more grilling, salads and other ideas for the season in the summer recipes archives.
Lamb kofte burger
For the kofte burger
- ½ onion grated
- 2 cloves garlic crushed/finely grated
- 2 tablespoon mint finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
- 1 lb ground lamb lamb mince
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
For fattoush salad
- 2 romaine lettuce leaves shredded and long slices cut
- 1 radish thinly sliced
- ½ tomato diced
- ⅙ English cucumber quartered lengthwise and sliced
- 2 tablespoon parsley roughly chopped
- 1 radish halved and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon sumac
- ¼ teaspoon honey
- ½ clove garlic grated/crushed
- 6 tablespoon muhammara
- 4 pita bread (I used slightly smaller rounds here)
For the burgers
- Grate the onion, grate or crush the garlic and finely chop the mint and parsley (note quantity is after chopping).
- Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well - I'd recommend using your hands and really knead the mixture kind of squeezing it to get all the ingredients well mixed.
- Divide the mixture in to four and press each quarter into a flattened ball (burger shape) and refrigerate for around 20 minutes or so to firm up a little.
- Heat the grill to a medium heat and cook the kofte a few minutes each side until lightly charred and the meat is cooked through. Alternatively, you can cook them on a grill pan.
For the salad
- Combine the chopped romaine lettuce, radish, tomato, cucumber and parsley in a bowl.
- Whisk together the oil, lemon, sumac, honey and garlic and drizzle over the salad. Toss to combine. (Note can be prepared ahead)
- Lightly warm the pita, if you like, then split open on one side. Spread one half of the inside of each pita with muhammara and then add a cooked burger and a good handful of salad.
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