Or “Get Me to The Greek…Burger.”
Starring a piece of meat slightly more appealing than Russell Brand.
Hungry? Well, yes, I can see why.
Let’s go cook some meat!
Combine 1 and 1/2 pounds of ground lamb (not as exotic as it sounds — even Wal-Mart carries it), 1 tbsp Greek seasoning, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, 2 minced cloves of garlic, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese. Form into patties and toss on the grill.
While the burgers are cooking, grab some whole-wheat buns, lettuce, and sliced red onion. And cook up some veggies to have on the side; I went with sliced squash and zucchini cooked in butter.
Once the burgers are cooked through, assemble but wait — don’t put that bun on yet.
The key to balancing out the little bit of spice in the lamb is a creamy yogurt-based dressing. You can make your own from scratch using yogurt, white onions, dill, and garlic, or you can do what I did and buy one. Thank you, Marie’s brand reduced-fat yogurt dressing with feta cheese (in the refrigerated dressing section) — you saved me several dollars and 10 minutes of chopping!
OK…now you can top with your bun!
I honestly had no idea how this would turn out…I made the recipe up! Eric was coming over for dinner and I was really nervous for him to try it; generally, I don’t just make up a recipe and then serve it to someone else without having any idea how it would taste. I had the whole “guys love meat” thing going for me…and the “cheese saves everything” benefit to consider…but I couldn’t be sure. I was hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
Turns out, it was delicious.
Like…way more delicious than I actually expected.
A good reason to just keep setting the bar low, perhaps?
But seriously, Eric and I just loved it. It was just so juicy and filling, and just…meaty. Sometimes a girl is just craving a burger, but wants a little upgrade from the whole ketchup-and-mustard-on-a-bun thing. I think it would also be great to make as sliders for a party.
All that savory goodness was the perfect lead-in for dessert — superfood cookies, revisited!
I was just craving a hunky, chunky oatmeal cookie over the weekend, so I brought that recipe out from the archives. It was a perfect end to a really good dinner.
Do you like lamb? I’ve been down with it since I was a kid; when I was three years old, I developed a love for gyros. But not everyone is brave when it comes to meat — where do you stand?