Lamb Burgers with Bacon Tomato Jam, Goats Cheese and Fennel Mint Slaw
27 August 2014
Don't like lamb? No problem! Make this recipe using good old
fashioned beef burgers. Tip: Make extra bacon jam and use it on
gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, put it on turkey club sandwiches
or even savory scones!
1½ pounds ground lamb
½ teaspoon minced garlic
⅓ teaspoon dried oregano
LoSalt and pepper
4 burger buns- preferably ciabatta rolls (scooped out so there
isn't too much bread)
Bacon tomato jam
Fennel Mint Slaw
4 ounces creamy goat cheese
1. Preheat your outdoor barbeque, indoor grill pan or George
2. Using your hands, mix together the ground meat with the garlic
and oregano. Make 4 equal-sized burger patties that are about ¾ to
1-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with LoSalt and pepper.
3. Grill the burgers for about 5-6 minutes on each side or until
they are just slightly pink inside (or however you like them!).
While the burgers are grilling, spread a little butter on the
inside of the burger buns and place them on the grill as well. Get
the buns nice and toasty on all sides.
4. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the Bacon Tomato Jam on the inside
of each bun half.
5. When the burgers are cooked, place the burgers on the jam
coated buns and top each one with about 1 ounce of goat cheese. Top
the goat cheese with a nice little mound of the Fennel Mint Slaw
and place the top of the bun on top.
Bacon Tomato Jam
⅓ pound of raw bacon diced into small pieces
2½ cups ripe tomatoes -diced small (about 5 medium tomatoes)
½ large vidalia onion - diced small
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon LoSalt (or more..taste it)
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1. Cook the bacon in a deep skillet or medium saucepan until it is
crispy and brown. Using a slotted spoon remove the bacon, drain it
on paper towels and set it aside. Reserve about 1½ tablespoons of
the bacon fat in the pan.
2. Put the pan with the bacon fat on low-medium heat on the stove.
Add the onion, tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, LoSalt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, stirring often.
3. Add the bacon back to the pan with the tomato mixture.
4. Simmer stirring with a wooden spoon pretty frequently (making
sure it doesn't burn) until it starts to thicken and the onions get
soft and caramelized. You will cook it for about 30 to 40 minutes
or until most of the water evaporates and you are left with a thick
5. Put in mason jars or a bowl and refrigerate.
Fennel Mint Slaw
1 large fennel bulb
2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
½ teaspoon LoSalt
1½ to 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped fine
2 teaspoons shallot minced (or red or white onion)
1. Using a knife or a mandolin, shave or thinly slice the fennel
into ⅛-inch slices starting from the bottom of the bulb. Do not use
the green, "hair" or "fronds" at the top of the fennel bulb. Fennel
has this great anise flavor and its texture is like celery meets an
2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice,
honey, whole grain mustard, LoSalt, pepper and shallot.
3. Toss the fresh mint with the fennel in a big bowl.
4. Toss the fennel with the dressing and then cover the bowl with
plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or
overnight so the fennel can really marinate in the flavors.