I have to say I do love a good burger. Whether it’s a meaty one, or a bean or veggie burger I love how versatile they can be and how much flavour you can add with spices, toppings and condiments. Usually burgers aren’t thought to be the most healthy of meals, when I asked one of my community groups for examples of less healthy foods, burgers were near the top of the list! They were pretty amazed when I explained how easily burgers can be made to be healthy.
I’ve been posting pics of my usual beef burgers for quite a while now. For me, they are a really tasty way to eat some good quality red meat. I always buy my red meat organic so that it contains the most nutrients, and generally organic mince is a lot more affordable that other organic forms of red meat. Sainsbury’s do a good deal with 3 packs of organic mince for £10.
This recipe was inspired by a gorgeous burger I had from the Gourmet Burger Kitchen a few weeks back. I was thinking about diversifying the kind of animal protein I’ve been eating recently as I am still not the biggest fan of chicken or turkey right now. Lamb is actually a very healthy meat and is packed with protein, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and selenium. It is also lower in saturated fat if that kind of thing is a concern for you. I just really like the taste of it, and it certainly works well with the flavours here!
The minted feta is just fabulous and makes the perfect accompaniment to the lamb. The sweet potatoes, along with a few red onions add another dimension of sweetness too. This recipe is also incredibly simple with only a handful of ingredients, yet it tastes sophisticated enough to serve to family and friends and trick them into thinking you’ve created something much more complex! If you are vegetarian, obviously the lamb is out, but the overall idea could still be created with a tasty bean burger instead. Try my Sweet Potato Falafel Burgers or Spicy Rye and Bean Burgers instead.
With barbecue season (hopefully) just around the corner, this is a great recipe for creating a healthier burger with a twist. You can also make the burgers up in advance and freeze them, then just defrost on the day you’d like to eat them. I made up 4 burgers and popped the rest of them in the freezer for a later date.
- 1 pack of organic lamb mince (usually they come in 400g)
- 1 egg
- 200g feta cheese
- 1 bunch of fresh mint
- 3-4 sweet potatoes
- 1 red onion
- Combine the lamb mince with the egg in a bowl, use your hands and squish everything together. Form into 4 patties, pop onto a plate, cover with cling film and refrigerate.
- Pre heat the oven to 200c. Chop the sweet potatoes into wedges and roughly chop the red onion in large chunks. Set the red onion aside, and add the sweet potatoes to an oven tray or dish, along with 1 tbsp of coconut or olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes then add the red onion and continue to cook until tender.
- While the sweet potato is cooking mash the feta in a bowl. Pull off the mint leaves from the stems and finely chop. Add to the feta and mix well.
- To cook the burgers place a frying or griddle pan on a medium high heat. Remove the burgers from the fridge and put into the pan, turning a few times until they are cooked to your liking (about 15 - 20 minutes well done).
- Plate up the burgers with the minted feta and sweet potato wedges, enjoy!
- Lamb can be quite fatty, so you may want to drain the burgers on some kitchen paper before serving.
- You don't have to use all 4 burgers, just freeze the ones you don't use. To make a single serving just use one burger, 50g of feta, a few mint leaves and one sweet potato.
Are you a fan of lamb? What are your favourite burger toppings?