recipe: Lamb and leek patties a delicious departure from traditional beef burgers
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
Rather than plain ol' burgers made with ground beef — not that there's anything wrong with them! — why not try something with a different flair? Just chop and saute the vegetables, stir them into the meat, and cook them up. Served with a green salad, rice, potatoes or virtually any side dish — even served on a bun — they make a great meal.
While I usually offer this dish for Easter or for Passover, these lamb patties with leeks would also be fabulous for a barbecue, for a quick weeknight meal, or just because they're really good!
Lamb and Leek Patties
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 6-inch length leek, quartered lengthwise, sliced thin
1-1/2 pounds ground lamb
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons shawarma spices (available at Middle Eastern markets)
In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat; add the leeks and saute for 5 minutes until softened and slightly caramelized. Let cool for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine leeks, lamb, salt and shawarma spices; form into 8 patties. Cook in a large skillet for 7-8 minutes per side or grill them to desired doneness.
Makes 8 patties.
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