It’s time to say hello to a new burger! These lamb smash burgers are a nod to the midwestern-style burger but incorporate some new flavors. The warm spices in the jam and the punch of garlic in the cheese are the perfect accompaniments to the lamb. And you don’t have to fire up the grill!
- 1 lb. ground lamb (makes two double burgers)
- 1 cup Garlic Herb Fresh
- brioche buns
- mixed greens
- salt and pepper
- spray oil
- unsalted butter
- 1.5 lbs tomatoes (Romas work well), diced
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- juice of one large lime
- 1 jalapeño, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon salt
Start by making the jam. Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer and continue simmering for an hour and a half or until it has reached a thick jam-like consistency. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
Divide the ground lamb into four portions. Spray two pieces of parchment paper with oil or spread with butter. Place a lamb portion in between them and press flat. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Continue with the other three portions.
Toast your buns in a pan with butter so that they’re ready once the burgers are cooked. For the burgers, get a cast iron pan very hot. Once heated add a pad of unsalted butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Add a lamb patty. Cook on each side for a couple minutes until well browned and the edges are crispy. Once all of the patties are cooked, it’s time to assemble the burgers.
Add some tomato jam to the bottom bun. Top with two lamb patties then spread some Fresh cheese on top (or go crazy and add cheese in between the patties too!) Top with mixed greens or arugula and dig in!