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Biftekia Arnisia me Elies: Lamb Burgers with Olives

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Greek Lamb Burgers with Olives

Lamb Burgers with Olives

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In Greek: μπιφτέκια αρνίσια με ελιές, say: beef-TEK-yah ar-NEES-yeeah meh ehl-YES

This recipe for lamb burgers with olives is quick and easy to make, and the tart taste of black Greek Kalamata olives gives the burgers an unexpected taste.

The recipe makes 8 to 9 small burgers and serves 4.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground lamb
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon of dried)
  • 6-8 pitted black Kalamata olives, chopped
  • .
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil for frying

Preparation:

Combine all burger ingredients in a bowl and use a spatula to combine.

Note: Because ground lamb is soft, too much handling will mash it. Using a spatula to combine the ingredients will keep this from happening. (more tips for cooking with lamb)

Form the lamb mixture into 8 or 9 small patties and cook on the grill or under the broiler until centers are pink (or more well done, according to taste).

Skillet: Preheat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, cook burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side until done (pink centers, or more well done if preferred).

Yield: 8-9 small burgers, serves 4

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