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Weeknight Dinner: Burgers so Good You Won’t Miss the Bun

These Lamb Burgers with Vegan Tzatziki come together in half an hour, include refreshing warm weather flavors like mint, dill and cucumber, and make a beautiful presentation at the table, no bun required.

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Lamb Burgers with Vegan Tzatziki

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Large saute pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice, prepared per package instructions

For the Lamb Burgers:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup parsley, cleaned, de-stemmed and chopped finely
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Vegan Tzatziki

  • 1 cup vegan, soy-free, nut-free plain yogurt (I use Harmless Harvest, which contains coconut)
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make the Burgers:

  • Combine the lamb, salt, smoked paprika, cardamom, red pepper flakes, parsley and mint in a large mixing bowl and combine with your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Form the mixture into six or seven patties (about three inches in diameter each) and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium in a large sauce pan, then carefully place the burgers into the pan.
  • Cook until brown on the first side, about four minutes, then flip and cook until brown on the second side, about four minutes more.
  • Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

Make the Tzatziki:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Plate the Burgers:

  • Made a bed of rice on each plate, top with a couple of burgers, drizzle with tzatziki and serve.
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