NAAN-TRADITIONAL FETA-STUFFED LAMB BURGERS WITH TWO SAUCES AND ROSEMARY LACED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES

NAAN-TRADITIONAL FETA-STUFFED LAMB BURGERS WITH TWO SAUCES AND ROSEMARY LACED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES

 

The Tzatziki Sauce:

½ cup English cucumber, chopped in small dice

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise

1 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1 Tbs. garlic, minced

¼ tsp. salt

Pinch black pepper

 

The Tapenade:

1 cup pitted Kalamata olives

¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, rough chopped

¼ cup Hellmann’s Spicy Dipping Sauce

1 tsp. anchovy paste

1 Tbs. capers

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbs. lemon juice

 

The Burger:

2 lbs. ground lamb

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. dried thyme

1 egg, beaten

4 oz. feta cheese

1 Tbs. Hellmann’s Organic Spicy Chipotle Mayo

12 small ‘burger size’ naan flatbread rounds (or larger breads cut into 4ths to make buns)

2 cups baby arugula leaves

 

The Fries:

1 large butternut squash

3 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. salt

 

Combine all of the tzatziki sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well to combine.  Set aside to let flavors marry while you make the rest of the burger ingredients.

 

Combine all of the tapenade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well combined, scraping down sides so everything is well incorporated.  Remove to a small bowl and set aside.

 

Combine the lamb, mint, salt, pepper, cinnamon, oregano cumin, thyme, and egg in a large bowl.  Massage all of the ingredients together with your hands until well incorporated.  Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal parts, then divide each of those into 2 patties about 5” in diameter.

 

Crumble the feta in a small bowl and add the Chipotle Mayo.  Mix well to combine. 

 

Take one of the 12 patties and place a heaping tablespoon of the feta mix in the center.  Place another patty on top and seal the edges tightly, pressing with your fingers.  Repeat to make 6 stuffed patties. 

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

Preheat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium high heat.  Place the patties in the skillet and sear on the first side for 4 minutes until browned and caramelized.  Flip and do the same on the other side.  Place the pan into the oven and let finish cooking for 5-10 minutes.  Internal temp should be 160 degrees.

 

Place the naan flatbreads on a large baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil.  Place in the oven for 7-10 minutes until lightly browned and toasted.

 

To assemble the burgers, take one naan bread and spread a heaping tablespoon of the tapenade on one side.  Place a burger on top of the tapenade followed by about two tablespoons of the tzatziki sauce and a few arugula leaves.  Top with another flat bread and serve with fries on the side (and you’ll want additional tzatziki and tapenade on the side for dipping!).

 

To make the fries, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Peel the butternut squash and remove seeds.  Cut the flesh into thick matchsticks, about 4” long and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Drizzle the squash with oil and evenly sprinkle with rosemary and black pepper.  Toss with your hands to evenly coat.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until browned and crispy, tossing once after about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and season with salt.

 

These “Naan-Traditional” burgers are literally bursting with flavor (and feta cheese!).  The lamb burgers are seasoned with fresh mint, dried oregano, thyme, cumin, and cinnamon creating a rich and complex flavor profile.  They are stuffed with feta cheese and Hellmann’s Organic Spicy Chipotle Mayo which oooooozes out of the burger when you bite in (cue the napkins).  They are enveloped in an earthy, briny olive tapenade on the bottom and a bright, crunchy tzatziki sauce on the top – both enhanced with Hellmann’s mayo.  The whole thing is encased between two soft naan flatbreads and a hint of spicy arugula.  The fries are roasted butternut squash seasoned with fresh rosemary.

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