Friday, April 13, 2012

My Big Fat Greek Lamb Burgers with Crazy Feta Spread, Grilled Red Onions, & Cumin Mayo

Another day, another burger. But, lemme start off by saying that I don't like Greek food. At all. I don't like feta, olives, roasted red peppers, or anything else that is characterized by this type of cuisine. However, I kinda liked this burger. And that's saying a lot. Of course, my Mountain Man loves Greek food, so he loved this burger. It starts off with a lamb burger, and then is piled high with homemade cumin mayo, crazy feta spread, roasted red peppers, grilled red onions, and baby arugula. I saw the recipe for Crazy Feta on one of my favorite blogs, and I knew I had to make it because it kind of reminded me of pimento cheese spread. So, I thought it would be brilliant on a burger. And it was. I served our Big Fat Greek Lamb Burgers with some baked sweet potato fries. This is one fully loaded burger, and you'll be stuffed to the brim after eating it!! Enjoy :)
My Big Fat Greek Lamb Burgers with Crazy Feta Spread, Grilled Red Onions, & Cumin Mayo
Look at those gorgeous grilled onions...
For the Crazy Feta Spread:
1 8oz Brick of Feta Cheese
2 Jalapenos, Roasted & Chopped
2T + 1t Olive Oil
1 Head of Garlic, Roasted
1-2T Lemon Juice
½t Lemon Zest
Salt & Pepper, To Taste

For the Cumin Mayo:
½C Mayo
2t Ground Cumin
¼t Curry Powder
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
For the Lamb Patties:
1lb Ground Lamb
1t Greek Oregano
1 Egg
1T Fresh Mint, Minced
1 Garlic Cloves, Minced
½C Bread Crumbs
1t Dijon Mustard
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Olive Oil

For the Big Fat Greek Burgers:
Burger Buns, Buttered & Toasted
Prepared Lamb Patties, Grilled
Prepared Crazy Feta Spread
Prepared Cumin Mayo
Grilled Red Onions
Roasted Red Peppers
Baby Arugula Tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette
Other Toppings: Tzatziki Sauce, Cucumbers, Olives, Olive Tapenade, Tomatoes, & Hummus

1. To Make the Crazy Feta Spread: In a large bowl, crumble the feta bricks. Add the chopped, roasted jalapenos, roasted garlic cloves, the lemon zest, and the lemon juice. Add in the olive oil and mash with a fork. You want the feta to be a bit “wet”. Taste the feta and season with salt and pepper. Keep at room temperature until ready to use.
2. For the Cumin Mayo: Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set it aside until ready to use.
3. For the Lamb Patties: In a mixing bowl, add in all of the ingredients. Gently fold to thoroughly mix the meat mixture with the breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings. Shape into four equal patties. Drizzle some olive oil on the patties and season with salt & pepper. Cook or grill patties over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side for a medium to medium-rare burger (cook longer if you want well done).
4. Assembling the Burgers: Spread both sides of the toasted buns with a big spoonful of cumin mayo. Top each bottom bun with a cooked patty. Place a large scoop of the crazy feta spread on top of the patty. And then, layer on the roasted red pepper, grilled red onions, and baby arugula. Add on any of Greek toppings that you like as well. Enjoy.

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