Moroccan lamb and chickpea burgers in lettuce leaves

Moroccan lamb and chickpea burgers in lettuce leaves

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Serves
4
Makes
8 small burgers

Can you really get the joy of a burger without the bun? I hazard that with these, you can. It helps that there are smooshed pulses in the patties, which are responsible for transforming this into a more sustaining supper than just mere meat and leaves. It’s the kick of spices and sprightly mint-yoghurt dressing which also completes their appeal. I like to eat these with some blistered tomatoes and a cool glass of pink wine, preferably with my toes dangling in a swimming pool.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
500g lamb mince

Mint-yoghurt dressing

Quantity Ingredient
150g greek yoghurt
handful fresh mint leaves, torn
2 tablespoons olive oil

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
8 large leaves soft lettuce
harissa or chilli sauce

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150˚C.
  2. Put the tomatoes in a roasting tray, drizzle with half of the olive oil and roast in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, put three-quarters of the chickpeas, the garlic, spices, egg and salt in a food processor and blitz to a paste.
  4. Combine the chickpea paste with the lamb mince and remaining whole chickpeas. Divide the mixture into 8 portions and shape into fat discs between your hands. Put them on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 15–30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan (or use a barbecue) over medium heat. Fry the burgers for 3–4 minutes on each side until the outside is burnished and the inside cooked medium–rare, if that’s how you like it.
  6. To make the mint-yoghurt dressing, muddle all the ingredients together.
  7. Serve the burgers in lettuce leaves with the roasted cherry tomatoes, mint-yoghurt dressing, and harissa or chilli sauce, to taste.
Tags:
healthy
low carb
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