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Za'atar Crusted Lamb Burger with Roasted Tomato & Cucumber Tzatziki

ZA'ATAR CRUSTED LAMB BURGER WITH ROASTED TOMATO & CUCUMBER TZATZIKI

If you haven't discovered za'atar, this is the time! It's a combiniation of fragrant thyme, citrus flavoured sumac and earthiness of sesame seeds and is an amazing combination! Give it a go!

Here's what you'll need

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder (divided)
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup thick yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cucumber (grated)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 3 tbsp za'atar spice mix
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • salt and pepper

Here's how:

  1. in a large bowl, mix the first 5 items with your hands until just coming together but don't overmix!

  2. form the meat into 4 small patties ( or 2 big ones depending how meaty you want your burgers)

  3. now make the tzatziki mixing the yogurt, sour cream, garlic powder (2 tbsp) and cucumber, cover and pop in the fridge for a at least a few hours

  4. now, toss the tomatoes into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil

  5. toss into a 350° preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes until just starting to wilt and slightly starting to brown on the edges

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  7. then toss them back into the same bowl, drizzle in the vinegar, a splash more olive oil and honey and give them a good stir, set aside


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  9. preheat a cast iron grill (if you have one) or any frying pan you have until just about smoking hot

  10. in the meantime, season your burgers really well with salt and pepper on both sides and then press the za'atar on all sides and toss into your hot pan...don't overcrowd the pan, cook in batches if you need to

  11. keep the burgers warm, slice your buns and toss into the oven to warm up

  12. toss the burger patties on the buns, top with the tzatziki, tomato relish and cilantro and voila!

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