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Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers make a nice game day meal packed with Mediterranean Flavor and a mixture of basmati rice and quinoa to create texture and bind the burger together.  We like to top these burgers with a light mint yogurt sauce, arugula and tomatoes. 

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burger - the best burger

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers

The Super Bowl is fast approaching! Do you have your game day menu planned out?

Honestly I am just starting to think about what we are going to make because I also have a two year old birthday party to plan. Yes, Drew will be two on February 3rd. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by.

For the Super Bow I will probably make a few appetizers like this Black Bean Dip with Queso Fresco, these Buffalo Chicken Hummus Bites and this Creamy Mexican Dip will make an appearance on our menu. I can’t wait to add these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers to the menu alongside all of this delicious appetizers.

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers - the best

You might be thinking…burgers in February? But yes, in my house we grill year round, unless it is a blizzard of course. If you aren’t on board with grilling in 30 degree weather you can make these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers in the comfort of your home by using a skillet.

These Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers have been on my list to make for a while. Coming from a Lebanese family we eat lamb at most holidays throughout the year, especially around Easter. Outside of the holidays I realized I don’t make lamb all that often for my family. I was really excited to try this new recipe and have a new type of burger to make for game day and for dinners.

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers - super bowl food

You might notice a special ingredient in this recipe, Della Basmati and Quinoa. Have you ever thought to put that in a burger?

The mixture of the basmati and quinoa adds a nice texture to the burgers and binds everything together nicely.  If you haven’t heard of Della Rice , you should check them out. Della Rice is about stirring up culinary imaginations and wants to inspire people to get creative using their variety of rice.

They offer ten varieties including Jasmine White Rice, Jasmine with Toasted Sesame & Garlic, Basmati & Quinoa {my favorite!}, Basmati and Wild Rice and Basmati with Lemon Zest and Herbs. The fun thing is that there are many ways you can use their varieties of rice in easy weeknight dinners because all of them cook in 20 minutes.

But of course, with today’s Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers, I wanted to “stir” things up in the kitchen and think a little outside of the box. I love that I was able to incorporate the Della Basmati and Quinoa in these burgers and created a delicious tasting burger in the process.

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers - flavorful

As you start to think about your game day menu, consider putting these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers on the menu. But remember, these aren’t just for game day and would make a nice, quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love.

Oh, and just to let you know…I will be focused on the food during the game since the Packers won’t be playing! 😉

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Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers - flavorful

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Burger

Description

Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers make a nice game day meal packed with Mediterranean Flavor and a mixture of basmati rice and quinoa to create texture and bind the burger together. We like to top these burgers with a light mint yogurt sauce, arugula and tomatoes.


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Ingredients

  • For the lamb burgers:
  • 1/2 cup cooked Della Basmati & Quinoa mixture {1/4 cup of uncooked rice will give you the 1/2 cup cooked rice}, cook as directed
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika {you can use smoked paprika for a smoky flavor}
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Optional Mint-Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh, chopped mint

Instructions

  1. Cook the basmati & quinoa mixture according to package. Set aside once done.
  2. If you have a mixer, put all ingredients in the bowl and turn your mixer to low and mix until just combined. Remove and form into 4 lamb burger patties. If you do not have a mixer you can use your hands to combine everything together and then form into four patties.
  3. Prepare your grill to medium heat. Place the lamb burgers on the burners once the gill is heated, flipping once, until browned and cooked until your liking {for us it was about 10 minutes for medium}.
  4. While the burgers cook, in a small bowl combine the yogurt and the chopped mint and stir until combined.
  5. Remove the lamb burgers and serve on a bun with a dollop of mint-yougurt or a spread of hummus. Enjoy!

Notes

Garnish ideas: [br]Greens like arugula, kale or spinach[br]Crumbled feta cheese[br]Kalamata olives[br]Sliced, roasted red peppers[br][br]Even though this recipe only calls for 1/2 cup of cooked basmati and quinoa I suggest making 1 cup {uncooked} of the basmati and quinoa mixture so you have leftovers to use for your meal or a different meal. [br][br]You can skip the bun and serve these lamb burgers over a bed of greens or rice.

Serving size is one lamb burger and does not include the Mint Yogurt Sauce.

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Friday 29th of January 2016

Oh my goodness - Drew will be two?!? How did that happen so fast? And I totally feel ya about having multiple parties to plan ... as it turns out we're hosting Amy and Ty's birthday party earlier in the day, before the Super Bowl, and then just rolling right on in to a Super Bowl party that evening! Gah! And no ... I haven't done my menu planning yet, either! ;) But I've gotta tell ya - these gorgeous lamb burgers are begging to be on the menu! Especially with the yogurt sauce - I love burgers topped with a great sauce!

Julia

Friday 29th of January 2016

Thanks Shelley! Where does the time go, right? I blink and he is two years old. That is exciting that you are planning your kiddos birthday. I bet planning a twin party is fun! :) And thanks for the lamb burger love...these are so good! My kids loved them too.

Catherine

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Dear Julia, these burgers look so good, I would love to have one for dinner tonight. xo, Catherine

Julia

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Thanks Catherine!

Kristyn

Thursday 28th of January 2016

These burgers look delicious! Such a great idea!

Julia

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Thanks Kristyn! We loved them!

Amy Stafford

Thursday 28th of January 2016

I am always trying to add lamb to the menu and I love the addition of quinoa.

Julia

Thursday 28th of January 2016

I need to add it to the menu more!