Happy Monday after Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We enjoyed a holiday visiting family, friends and meeting our newest little niece. There was lots of fun, laughs and of course tons of good food, but if you’re like me you’re stuffed with mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and you’re ready for something with a little different flavor. A little zing if you will. That is where this Lamb Burger with Harissa Mayo comes in. A tender, flavorful lamb burger slathered with a spicy Harissa Mayo.
I love a good burger as much as the next girl, but every once in a while it’s nice to shake things up a bit. If you are looking for a great way to twist up your traditional burger, a lamb burger is certainly the way to go. The meat is so flavorful and a nice change of pace from ground beef. I like to season my lamb up and give it a little bit of a Mediterranean flavor with oregano, garlic and cumin. Then you simply press the meat into patties, pan fry and voila: lamb burger.
Not only is the burger pretty darn good but the harissa mayo can hold it’s own too. And it could not be any easier to make. It’s just mayonnaise (Always Best Foods (Hellman’s for you East Coasters), guys) and Harissa powder. I buy my Harissa powder at Market Spice here in Seattle, you can even buy it online at their store. That said, if you can’t find harissa powder, you can also use Harissa paste. I’d start out with a teaspoon and work your way up to the desired heat and consistency level. Either way, you’re going to love Harissa mayo. It’s creamy, spicy and is the perfect condiment for this lamb burger.
Make the Harissa mayonnaise by whisking together mayonnaise and harissa powder. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the burgers combine lamb, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin and salt together in a bowl. Mix well.
Divide the meat into four even sections. Roll and then gently flatten into patties.
Heat a skillet over medium heat.
Place lamb patties in preheated pan and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3 - 4 minutes per side.
White patties are cooking, toast hamburger buns under the broiler.
To make a burger: Place the burger on the bottom bun, top with lettuce. Spread a generous layer of harissa mayonnaise on top bun. Repeat with remaining ingredients until 4 burgers are made. Serve.