In the absence of my kitchen this week, I want to post a few recipes here for you, is that okay with everyone??? Okay, so: let’s talk burgers! Unpopular opinion, butttt I’ve never really been a big burger fan 🤷🏽♀️ a lot of times I feel like there is so much on a burger that distracts me, or they just tend to be messy/low flavor impact. Enter Lamb Burgers 🍔.
The first lamb burger I ever had was in college at @theroyalpeasantpub. There was something SO distinct and different about that burger for me. I will lovingly carry that food memory around as my fave burger ever (UGA students don’t miss out on this gem! They’re also a great spot to watch some futbol). Now I know that it’s because lamb has a special fatty acid (it’s called branched-chain fatty acid) that makes it taste more gamey and earthy. This in effect, is what gives lamb such a distinct flavor. This I feel (personal opinion here) gives you such a solid base to add flavor to vs. ground beef which to me just needs more help to taste like anything 😬.
For these lamb burgers (1 lb of ground lamb) I added 1 TBSP @jacobsensaltco kosher salt, 1 TSP smoked paprika (give me all the Smokey flavor!), 2 cloves of finely grated garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp white pepper, and 1/2 tsp fennel. From there it went straight to the grill. I drizzled it in some of my roasted garlic aioli (on the blog), dressed it with a slice of sharp @tillamook cheddar, a few pieces of @gartnersmeats beef bacon, and gave it a nice bed of butter lettuce from our friends’ garden 🎉. Then I just baked up some of my perfect home fries (on the blog as well!), and dug in 🍽
For local friends, I love purchasing my lamb from @deckfamilyfarm OR SuDan farms—all their lamb is grass fed which ups that fatty-acid = more sabor! For faraway friends, the reason New Zealand/Australian lamb is so prevalent, is because they solely pasture-raise (not all US lamb is 100% grass-fed) which affects the amount of the fatty acid in lamb. So don’t feel weird if that’s the only thing available in your area—it’s still super good!