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Lamb Burgers with Cilantro Raita

Photo: Johnny Autry; Food Styling: Charlotte Autry
Hands-on time 26 mins
Total time 26 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)
The tangy, herby yogurt sauce (raita) stands in for mayonnaise on this blended burger. For more spicy kick, leave the seeds in the serrano chile.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced seeded serrano chile
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, grated, squeezed dry
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, 90% lean
  • 6 ounces ground lamb
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 341
  • fat 15 g
  • satfat 5.5 g
  • monofat 6.4 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 25.4 g
  • carbohydrate 24.3 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 68 mg
  • iron 3.6 mg
  • sodium 467 mg
  • calcium 98 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well.

  2. Gently combine beef and lamb, being careful not to overwork. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in the center of each patty. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add patties; cook for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

  4. Place 1/4 cup spinach, 1 onion slice, and 1 patty on bottom half of each hamburger bun. Top each patty with 2 tablespoons raita and top half of bun.

Cook's Notes

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