Meet ‘Stirmaker’ Julia + Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers!

Posted by | February 04, 2016 | Della Stirmakers | No Comments
Della_Stirmaker JULIA

I am the recipe developer and food photographer behind the blog A Cedar Spoon. I share nutritious, seasonal and simple recipes for the home cook along with sharing some of my family’s Middle Eastern recipes. My love for cooking and food comes from my Mom and Grandma who are wonderful cooks and encouraged me to get in the kitchen with them when I was growing up. My favorite thing about food is that it has a way of drawing us together, and creates a commonality between even the most different of people.

Julia has a gorgeous blog with plenty more recipes to drool over! Go check her out at A Cedar Spoon for more culinary inspiration and weekly meal ideas!! This week we asked Julia to share a seasonal ‘stir’ with us, inspired by game day and the upcoming Super Bowl 50. See her culinary creation below…

9-Mediterranean-Lamb-Quinoa-Burger-7-1-of-1Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers make a nice game day meal packed with Mediterranean Flavor and a mixture of basmati rice and quinoa to create texture and bind the burger together.  We like to top these burgers with a light mint yogurt sauce, arugula and tomatoes. 

MEDITERRANEAN LAMB QUINOA BURGERS

The Super Bowl is fast approaching! Do you have your game day menu planned out?

Honestly I am just starting to think about what we are going to make because I also have a two year old birthday party to plan. Yes, Drew will be two on February 3rd. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by.

For the Super Bowl I will probably make a few appetizers like this Black Bean Dip with Queso Fresco, these Buffalo Chicken Hummus Bites and this Creamy Mexican Dip will make an appearance on our menu. I can’t wait to add these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers to the menu alongside all of this delicious appetizers.

3-Mediterranean-Lamb-Quinoa-Burger-2-1-of-1
You might be thinking…burgers in February? But yes, in my house we grill year round, unless it is a blizzard of course. If you aren’t on board with grilling in 30 degree weather you can make these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers in the comfort of your home by using a skillet.

These Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers have been on my list to make for a while. Coming from a Lebanese family we eat lamb at most holidays throughout the year, especially around Easter. Outside of the holidays I realized I don’t make lamb all that often for my family. I was really excited to try this new recipe and have a new type of burger to make for game day and for dinners.

7-Mediterranean-Lamb-Quinoa-Burger-6-1-of-1

You might notice a special ingredient in this recipe, Della Basmati and Quinoa. Have you ever thought to put that in a burger?

The mixture of the basmati and quinoa adds a nice texture to the burgers and binds everything together nicely.  If you haven’t heard of Della Rice , you should check them out. Della Rice is about stirring up culinary imaginations and wants to inspire people to get creative using their variety of rice.

They offer ten varieties including Jasmine White Rice, Jasmine with Toasted Sesame & Garlic, Basmati & Quinoa {my favorite!}, Basmati and Wild Rice and Basmati with Lemon Zest and Herbs. The fun thing is that there are many ways you can use their varieties of rice in easy weeknight dinners because all of them cook in 20 minutes.

But of course, with today’s Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers, I wanted to “stir” things up in the kitchen and think a little outside of the box. I love that I was able to incorporate the Della Basmati and Quinoa in these burgers and created a delicious tasting burger in the process.

1-Mediterranean-Lamb-Quinoa-Burger-1-of-1

As you start to think about your game day menu, consider putting these Mediterranean Lamb Quinoa Burgers on the menu. But remember, these aren’t just for game day and would make a nice, quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love.

Oh, and just to let you know…I will be focused on the food during the game since the Packers won’t be playing! 😉

MEDITERRANEAN LAMB QUINOA BURGERS
Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • For the lamb burgers:
  • ½ cup cooked Della Basmati & Quinoa mixture {1/4 cup of uncooked rice will give you the ½ cup cooked rice}, cook as directed
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika {you can use smoked paprika for a smoky flavor}
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional}
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Optional Mint-Yogurt Sauce:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh, chopped mint

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook the basmati & quinoa mixture according to package. Set aside once done.
  2. If you have a mixer, put all ingredients in the bowl and turn your mixer to low and mix until just combined. Remove and form into 4 lamb burger patties. If you do not have a mixer you can use your hands to combine everything together and then form into four patties.
  3. Prepare your grill to medium heat. Place the lamb burgers on the burners once the gill is heated, flipping once, until browned and cooked until your liking {for us it was about 10 minutes for medium}.
  4. While the burgers cook, in a small bowl combine the yogurt and the chopped mint and stir until combined.
  5. Remove the lamb burgers and serve on a bun with a dollop of mint-yougurt or a spread of hummus. Enjoy!
NOTES
Garnish ideas:
Greens like arugula, kale or spinach
Crumbled feta cheese
Kalamata olives
Sliced, roasted red peppers

Even though this recipe only calls for ½ cup of cooked basmati and quinoa I suggest making 1 cup {uncooked} of the basmati and quinoa mixture so you have leftovers to use for your meal or a different meal.

You can skip the bun and serve these lamb burgers over a bed of greens or rice.

PicMonkey-Collage-8-341x1024

DO YOU WANT TO GET WEEKLY UPDATES FROM A CEDAR SPOON? SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER BY CLICKING HERE AND GET FREE RECIPES DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR KITCHEN.  

YOU CAN ALSO FIND ME ON FACEBOOKPINTERESTTWITTERGOOGLE + AND INSTAGRAM. I JUST JOINED SNAPCHAT TOO {ACEDARSPOON}.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.