Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Lamb Burgers for Australia Day

As we are preparing for Australia Day once again on 26 January.  I dig out my recipe for Lamb Burgers which were such a hit last year as part of an Aussie themed lunch for friends.

This recipe is from Delicious Magazine which I have kept for this time of the year as there are just so many lovely dishes in this Aussie Issue. These little dinner rolls contain mini burgers with buffalo mozzarella and cucumber salad, that were perfect to juggle in one hand leaving the other hand to hang onto a beer! The thing I like about these burgers is that you can pop them in the oven and walk away for 20mins which means you have a little breathing space to socialise.
The ingredients here are enough for 6 large burgers.  As I made mini burgers mine made 12.

1kg lean lamb mine
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tsp dried mint
1 cucumber chopped
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbs salted capers, rinsed and drained
1 tsp caster sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Sour cream to serve
6 sourdough bread rolls split and toasted (I used 12 dinner sized rolls)
125g buffalo mozzarella although I think any good cheese would suffice.

What to do...
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with foil.
Combine mince, breadcrumbs, egg, mustard and dried mint in a bowl - season.
Mix well, and shape into 6 or 12 patties.  Cover and chill for 10 minutes.
Place cucumber, fresh mint, lime juice, capers, sugar and 1 tbs oil in a bowl and toss to combine - set aside.
Heat remaining 2 tabs oil in a large frypan over medium heat.  Cook patties in batches for 3-4 mins each side until browned.
Transfer patties to the baking tray and bake for 15- 20 mins until just cooked through.
To serve
Lightly toast buns
place cheese on the base topped with burger, dollop sour cream and top with cucumber salad.  Season and replace the top.

I served these as a second course after mini meat pies with homemade tomato sauce,  followed by garlic and rosemary studded  leg of lamb roast and salad, finished off with a pavlova and lamingtons - Very Australian.  Hope your Australia Day is great!


  1. I have lamb in the freezer... I WILL make these... gorgeous little monsters aren't they?

    1. Maybe you could have an "up there" lunch instead of a "downunder" one with your lamb. Is there an English Day?

  2. The burgers look really juicy and I bet with the cucumber and mint, they taste really fresh - lovely change from your typical beef burger! :)

    1. The combo of sour cream cucumber mint and capers give it a refreshing change.

  3. Burgers are so easy to make (or even take a meatball recipe and turn them into burgers instead) it's difficult to understand why anyone would buy them. Personally I haven't bought anything like this since we had the BSE crisis several years ago and just recently we had the scandal of horse meat in burgers! Being able to put them in the oven (as with meatballs too - which we had for dinner tonight by the way) is a bonus and means a little "hands off" leaving time to either cook an accompaniment (we had rice and salad) or as in your case - socialise! Happy Australia Day. Don't be silly there is no such thing as an England Day - St. George's Day barely gets a mention and that's in April.

    1. Just testing! Maybe more should be made of St. George's Day. Australia Day has gone from strength to strength - people flying flags, ads on the TV encouraging people to buy Australian Lamb, and of course a day off work! Love it.

  4. I don't eat lamb but I cook lamb for my Quay Lo. Will definitely make this burger for him one of these weekends. I am sure he will be a pig in mud! LOL!

    1. He will love them I am sure - the cucumber and mint on the top really makes them.

  5. What yummy looking lamb burgers. They must be so delicious with all those seasonings. What a great, Australia Day recipe. I'd like to try these xx

    1. If you got to make them I am sure you wouldn't be disappointed.

  6. I am definitely trying these - I cook a barbecue at a local pub on a regular basis, I think I will give these a go - it's our national day, Waitangi Day, this Wednesday and a public holiday so this could be a very fitting way to celebrate! I will let you know how I get on.

    1. They would be great and they don't fall apart. These are mini's but you can make them any size you like. Good luck, and please let me know how they turn out. The cucumber and mint salad put the final touches.