Remember from the Mujadara post that we had a BBQ party with lamb burgers on account of getting a new grill? Well a week before the party, we had to test out the new grill to, you know, make sure it worked. Well, it worked very well, and produced some of the best burgers we've ever had. So this post is going explain how to make some super easy and amazing lamb burgers. We served them with caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, and smoked paprika aioli.
Lamb burgers with caramelized onions and smoked paprika aioli
- 1 pound of ground lamb meat
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp zatar
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small onion
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- Pepper jack cheese (or any cheese of your liking)
- 3 good buns
Prepare the meat
In a medium bowl, mix the ground lamb with 1 tsp of the smoked paprika, the zatar, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready for grilling.
Caramelize the onions
Cut the onions in half width-wise, then slice into thin slices. Heat some olive oil in the pan and, when it's hot, add the onions. Cook over medium heat. Add a pinch salt and pepper. The onions will begin to turn brown; keep stirring them.
When the pan is dry and the onions begin to stick, deglaze the pan with a splash of water or white wine (use the wine to scrape up the flavorful bits that are sticking to the pan and mix them back in with the onions). Keep doing this until your onions are nice, soft, and deep golden (it usually takes us about a half hour).
Make the aioli
Aioli is just fancy mayonnaise. All we did was take the mayo, and mix in the remaining 1 tsp of smoked papika.
Grill it up
This part is pretty simple, you probably don't even need to read this, but: Turn on grill. Divide meat up into three discs, and place on hot grill. Flip after 3 - 5 minutes, or however well done you like your meat.
Halfway through cooking the second side of the burgers, put the cheese on so it gets all nice and melted, and place cut burger buns on the edges of the grill so they get some nice grill marks. When the burgers are cooked, apply aioli to the buns, top the burger with caramelized onions, and serve.