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Niamh's Juicy Lamb Burgers with Raita

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Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 15 minutes

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6 generous burgers

Home-made burgers are a family favourite in my household. My nine-year old daughter decided to have a go at her own recipe one day. She got a little heavy-handed with the paprika, but the whole family agreed that they were delicious. So the paprika stayed in the recipe the next time she made them.

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  • Lamb mince (20% fat) - 1kg
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Ground cumin - 2 teaspoons
  • Paprika - 4 tablespoons
  • Fresh coriander - 30g pack
  • Greek style natural yoghurt - 200g
  • Cucumber - a 5cm length
  • Burger buns - 6
  • Lettuce and/or other salad veg to dress
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Prepare the burgers: Finely chop half of the coriander leaves, discarding the stems. Put the lamb mince, the dried spices and the chopped coriander in a mixing bowl. Crush the cloves of garlic into the bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together well with your hands, squishing and turning it. Making sure you’ve broken down the mince so that it clings together in a ball. Divide into six equally sized balls and press them flat into burger patties. During cooking the patties will draw in, becoming fatter and less spread-out, so make them wider and thinner than you would like them. Separate the burger patties with grease proof paper and put them in the fridge while you make the raita. Burgers may be made a couple of days before they're needed. Keep covered in the fridge to prevent drying out.

  2. Make the raita: Chop the other half of the coriander leaves. Slice, then chop the cucumber into small pieces. Mix the cucumber, coriander and Greek yoghurt in a bowl, season lightly with salt. Chill until required.

  3. Cook: Split the burger buns ready for toasting. Barbecue, grill or fry the burgers until well-coloured and starting to char slightly. If grilling or barbecuing, turn once only. About five or six minutes on each side over a good hot barbecue should do it. Frying may take a little longer. About half way through the second side, add the buns to the grill or barbecue to toast lightly.

  4. Serve: Serve immediately, dressing the burger with lettuce, raita and any other dressings you like. We like home-made crunchy sweet pickled onions.

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