Lamb Tagine Burgers are delicious and we thoroughly enjoy eating them in this house. We only really have meat at the weekend and lamb is an occasional treat. The idea for a Lamb Tagine Burger came to my mind after looking back at my blog. I found my recipe for Lamb Tagine and I wanted to do something different. Then I found my recipe for beef burger and I thought I would combine the two. The results were delicious and there were clean plates all round the dinner table.
Lamb is a great meat when eaten occasionally. It’s a great source of protein for people of all ages. Lamb contains omega-3 fats which are more commonly found in fish, shellfish and other types of seafood. Omega-3 fats are known to help fight heart disease and increase weight loss. The meat is also a rich source of B-complex vitamins as well as iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Vitamin B12 supports the formation of red blood cells and prevents anemia. It is also necessary for a healthy nervous system and the metabolism of carbohydrates fats and proteins.
Other traces of nutrients such as copper, manganese and selenium can be found in lamb as well. These trace elements also aid in reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes. Lamb is a brilliant source of zinc which is important for a strong immune system, healing wounds and normal cell division. Zinc also helps stabilize blood sugar levels and the body’s metabolic rate and it is necessary for an optimal sense of smell and taste. Although it is more expensive than some other types of meat, eating lamb is not only tasty but it is a healthy way to enjoy meat in your diet.
- Baking tray
- Large mixing bowl
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Minced lamb x 500g
- Onion x 1 medium
- Garlic x 2 cloves
- Dried apricots x 50g
- Orange x 1 zest and juice
- Homemade Tommy K (click here for more details) or tomato puree x 1 tbsp
- Honey or date syrup x 1 tbsp
- Ground coriander leaf x 1 tsp
- Dried mint x 1 tsp
- Ground ginger x 1 tsp
- Ground coriander x 1 tsp
- Ground cumin x 1 tsp
- Ground x cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Egg x 1
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and put in the baking tray.
- Slice the onion and garlic and chop the apricots.
- Next remove the skin from the orange with zester and then chop it in half and juice using the fork.
- Put the lamb in the large mixing bowl.
- Then add the onion, garlic, apricots, orange juice and zest, tommy K or tomato puree, honey or date syrup, dried coriander leaf, mint, ginger, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, egg.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix the ingredients together using your hands.
- When the ingredients are mixed together shape the mixture into four burgers.
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and put the burgers on.
- Place back in the oven and cook for 25 – 30 minutes.
- Once cooked remove from the oven and enjoy with my homemade sweet potato chips and baked beans.
These burgers were delicious and we really enjoyed them.The dried apricots made these burgers slightly sweet. The herbs and spices gave the meat flavour. It was a great combination along with the organic lamb we bought from our local butchers. As we only have meat a few times a week I always buy our meat from French’s Organic Butcher Farm Shop. All the meat is organic and tastes so much better than the supermarket. I believe that buying locally sourced organic meat helps the environment, the local economy and our bodies. However you decide to enjoy these burgers, as always, please enjoy.