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Simple Moroccan Lamb Burgers

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One of the most important aspects of any healthy eating journey is variety – it keeps us all sane and satisfied.  I draw a lot of inspiration from various cuisines around the world.  It’s not as complicated as you may think – it’s just a matter of pairing different spices and herbs together, and when necessary, incorporating regional sauces/spices.

Here’s a delicious Moroccan-inspired lamb burger recipe using a sauce you can find in most grocery stores – harissa. It’s spicy, with a subtle smoky peppery flavor, kind of like smoked paprika.

I like using ground lamb because it is higher in fat and has CLAs and omega-6 fatty acids, which is helpful at the moment since I’m following a cyclical ketogenic diet (meaning I’m on it for a few weeks, then I move off of it). If you are trying to keep the fat in your diet much lower, then I suggest using a leaner form of ground meat.  This will also result in a higher amount of protein as well.

Moroccan Lamb Burgers Recipe

Ingredients for 4 burgers:

  • Burger patty
    • 1lb ground lamb (I purchased Private Selection brand from Kroger, Ralph’s, Fred Meyers)
    • 2 teaspoons harissa sauce
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder (or minced garlic)
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
      1 teaspoon cayenne
    • pinch sea salt & pepper
    • olive oil spray
  • Yogurt sauce:
    • 1/2 peeled cucumber, diced very small
    • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
    • 6 tablespoons 2% Greek yogurt (or coconut/soy yogurt if you want a dairy free option)
    • sea salt & pepper to taste
    • fresh lemon juice to taste (optional)
    • fresh dill to taste (optional)
  • Garnish
    • Mixed green salad
    • Red onion slices

 

Steps:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the yogurt sauce.  Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the ingredients for the lamb burger.  Once mixed, form 4 equal sized patties.
  3. Lightly spray a nonstick skillet with olive oil and set it on medium heat.  Once hot, add the patties to the skillet and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, ensuring that each side is seared and the inside of the patty is completely cooked.  You can also sear the patties on each side for 1 to 2 minutes, then immediately place in the oven on broil for 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Serve/enjoy immediately with a mixed green salad and yogurt sauce.

 

Approximate macros for 1 of 4 servings (WITH yogurt sauce without garnish):

312 calories, 22g protein, 2g carbohydrates, 24g fat, <1g fiber, 1.5g sugar

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