Lighter lamb burgers with smoky oven chips

Lighter lamb burgers with smoky oven chips

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

These burgers have couscous and carrot in the mix, making them nutritionally balanced, as well as full of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen before cooking
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
400
protein
19g
carbs
58g
fat
12g
saturates
4g
fibre
6g
sugar
15g
salt
0.28g

Ingredients

  • 100g couscous
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 250g pack extra-lean lamb mince
  • bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • rocket leaves and raita or natural yogurt, to serve

For the smoky oven chips

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 750g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chips
  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. For the chips, pour the oil into a shallow, non-stick roasting tin and heat in the oven. Add sweet potatoes, stir around until coated with oil, then roast for 25 mins. Add paprika, shake to coat, then roast for 10 mins more until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, make the burgers. Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour over 100ml boiling water. Leave for a couple of mins until all the liquid has been absorbed. Squeeze any liquid out of the carrots, then stir into the couscous along with the mince, spring onions, mint and egg. Season well.
  3. Shape the mixture into 4 large burgers. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet, then cook in the oven for 20 mins until browned and cooked right through. Alternatively, grill under a high heat (or on the barbecue, if the weather is nice enough) for 6-8 mins on each side.
  4. Divide the chips between 4 plates and place a burger on each plate. Serve with a plain leaf salad such as rocket alongside and some raita or yogurt spooned over, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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izmills's picture

Have just made these burgers for the kids tea. I was looking for an idea for padding out some lamb mince to make burgers. This was fabulous. I had slightly more lamb but would happily try it with less and I left out the egg. Used a burger maker to shape them and then shallow fried them to give them a lovely crispy outside. Not crumbly at all. The kids think they are brilliant and I managed to steal a bit to taste and I think I will definitely make them again for me as well.

bekadelemaria's picture
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just made this for my husband and teenage children, we all loved it- so simple to make.Used a teaspoon of dried mint as I don't have fresh mint. Used sweet chilli dipping sauce to serve. Loved it all, now saved to favourites

fallenstacie's picture

Okay so made this today, the sweet potatoes came out perfectly and tasted amazingly but i didnt really like the burgers, wasnt enough of a meaty taste so next time im going to try this with beef mince :D

jofoodie65's picture
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My first time here! Am a teaching assistant, made these last week, with 4 children, as part of our "Make your own lunch"topic,healthy eating, changed plain cous cous to a Mediterranean type though.(packet for speed!).The children cleared their plates.although mint can be a strong flavour for little ones!We used buns to complete and made salad instead of the chips.Some of the staff tried bits left on the tray, it was a thumbs up from everyone!!Comment-" Tasty!" Looking forward to my next session!! Jo

toughtoplease's picture
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Absolutely no no no! For those who want a meaty burger this is not the way to go. If you're on a diet and fancy a burger, don't even bother with this, just have a small normal one. Such a waste of time and it crumbled quite a bit. Not the satisfying meaty experience you want when you're willing to use your daily calories for dinner! Find another recipe.

jweg1210's picture
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I have kids aged 12 and 9, both of whom can be difficult about 'different' food - but they love these - have made three times now. We think that with lamb being such a strong flavour you don't need any more meat than the recipe says... but obviously we are in a minority here!

dancingbunny's picture
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I also agreee that they aren't very meaty, even though I doubled the amount of mince, but the are quite tasty if seasoned well, and a good way of getting vegetables into people. I have some mixture left over and I plan to add some chopped courgette and maybe some other vegetables to get another meal out of it. If you are actually expecting a proper burger you'll probably be disappointed but if you view them as veggie burgers with added meat you'll enjoy them! The sweet potatoes were lovely though. I made some tzatziki to go with it.

cpovergaard's picture
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The amount of lamb is so minimal you may as well save yourself the trouble and just throw some mint in with some couscous.

relm514's picture

I really like these burgers, but the sweet potato chips never come out crispy enough. I'd welcome any suggestions on how to get crispier sweet potato chips.

melanieday's picture

The bugers had more of a bready texture as there wasnt really a lot of meat included in this recipie.

I would use more meat next time and add some stronger flavours in as they were a bit bland.

doc_delly's picture

Could you use quinoa instead of cous-cous?

lizzafezza's picture
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I added cumin and chilli powder to the burger mix and left out the egg as it didnt need it to bind. We really enjoyed them as they were a bit different to your average burger.

rebloomfield's picture
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They're not meaty, but they are filling, and very tasty. They're a good way of hiding vegetables too ;) I used an extra egg because I had loads of mixture. Served with a yoghurt and mint dressing.

jacobbradbury's picture
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The chips are fantastic, but the burgers are a little dull (as the person before said, they're not meaty enough). If I were to make this again I would put lamb stock in the couscous instead of just hot water, as I think that would make them a bit more interesting.

snoogans888's picture
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I used 400g of mince plus an extra egg yolk, but the burgers still didn't have a very meaty texture, so I won't be making these again as we like a meaty burger!

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