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Simple Moroccan Lamb Burgers

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 312
Protein 22g
Fat 24g
Carbs 2g
Total Time

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

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Simple Moroccan Lamb Burgers

Ingredients

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):

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Calories
312
Protein
22g
Fat
24g
Carbs
2g
Sodium
-
Fiber
<1g
Sugar
1.5g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.