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Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger

Loreto June 25, 2019

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Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger, nothing says summer best than a beautiful charbroiled burger. The aromas of those BBQ’s and that wonderfully grilled meat patty has most of us craving a burger meal. I have just the answer to such a craving. These lamb burgers!

Song of the day: ” The Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley.

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-burger in plate with onion rings

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger. Wonderfully seasoned ground lamb with hints of rosemary, oregano, and chives, meets the most desirable brioche bun, sauteed mushrooms and melted Jarlsberg cheese. Oh, wait, there is a surprise, a pocket of cheese nestled in the center of this most extraordinary succulent tasty burger. Need I say more?

 

 

If a Word Could make you Crave It Would Be…………..

Cheesy, a word that will make anyone crave that gooey melted soft creamy crispy goodness called cheese. Well, consequently, this burger has plenty of this element in it and if you take a look at the pictures you will see that lovely layer of Jarlsberg cheese melted perfectly oozing down the side of these luscious grilled patties, as a result absolutely mind-blowing deliciousness!

Delicious Surprise!

That is not all. Since I love cheese, while hand making these lamb patties I had an epiphany. As a result, a nice chunk of Jarlsberg cheese made its way into the middle of the burger, nicely stuffed and surrounded by that organic well seasoned Australian lamb.

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-patties

Can You Imagine…………..

Can you just envision what is going to happen to that lovely morsel of cheese when these lamb patties hit the grill? I can. Nothing but heavenly, gooey, melted goodness! Do I have you craving a barbecue and these Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger grilling, releasing that oh-so-I-want-a-burger aroma? Well, it’s possible and really easy. All you need is:

  • ground lamb, organic or not, whatever you want
  • fresh rosemary
  • dried oregano
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon
  • a few drops of Worcestershire sauce 
  • some E.V.O. oil
  • a variety of seasonings 
  • Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Panko crumbs
  • and of course the piece of Jarlsberg cheese
  • don’t forget the love.

Sharing the process………..

Cooking is about sharing, not only the eating thereof but the making of said food, lol.  I love how food brings people together. No matter where in the world you are, hospitality always involves food in some form or fashion. Gather the family and friends and let’s put some love into these burgers.

Firstly, you need to mix up all the ingredients for the lamb burgers and let it sit and mingle in the fridge. Secondly, when you can smell all that herbaceous and seasoned meat goodness, it’s time to form some patties. Thirdly, fire up the grill, fourthly assemble, and last but not least, EAT!

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-patties and buns

I’m the Luckiest Guy in the World………

I wanted to mention that we didn’t just go out and buy some burger buns. Oh no, not in the kitchen of SugarLoveSpices! Nicoletta the dough whisperer as I call her made some homemade brioche buns and if you see them in the pictures they taste even better than they look. The buttery rich egg backdrop was perfect to host these lovely burgers and the condiments we decided to go with, just because!

Gratitude Goes a long Way………

I have learned through the years that gratitude goes a long way and is a great practice to a happy life, hence why I want to take this opportunity to thank my most beautiful wife.

Thank you, Nicoletta! Not only for your talent and baking (it is always amazing and delicious) but for how much love you show me and how you bring out my soul and creative nature!

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-patty in plate with melted cheese on top   

Let’s Talk Condiments………

When I was thinking what to serve on this burger besides lovely melted cheese, Nicoletta mentioned how good mushrooms would be and the light bulb went on. What a perfect compliment to grilled lamb and that melted cheese. My wife is so smart and we usually are on the same wavelength. A very efficient couple we are!

Keeping It Simple…………….

Burgers usually have lettuce, tomato, etc. I wanted to keep it pretty simple so I made up a nice ramekin of balsamic cream aioli. It has just enough punch to spike the juicy burger and that buttery cream melted cheese. To top things off a wonderful slice of kosher dill pickle. I have to say this burger has my mouth watering and I can’t wait to bite in!

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-view of plate from the top 

French Fries or Onion Rings? That is the question………….

Since we are not following burger tradition, we decided, that’s Nicoletta and I, that crispy golden onion ring is the way to go with these Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger, and consequently a great addition to the mix!

Finally, Let’s Eat……….

These burgers smell amazing and that toasted brioche bun is so golden and enticing. On my………. I get that wonderful rich lamb flavor so nicely perked up with the addition of the rosemary and oregano. Furthermore, it is so juicy and that brioche is quick to absorb all those grilled caramelized release of juices that just adds to its already buttery nutty rich flavor.

The Aioli…………….

The aioli is amazingly smooth, sultry and with that balsamic cream lingering in the backdrop makes this the perfect condiment to highlight the oh-so-buttery Jarlsberg cheese and those most succulent sauteed mushrooms. I love how those mushrooms release some juices flavored with thyme, garlic, sage, and so much more. Napkin, please!

Pickles………

I think every burger needs that wee bit of acidity you get from a good dill pickle, and in this burger, it just brightens the day and the flavor notes of these incredible Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger.

Onion Rings……….

These onion rings were a perfect textural element to accompany a wonderful succulent burger. Crispy, golden on the outside with a very audible crunch met by the sweetest steamed moist caramelized onion that sings in your mouth.

The Surprise……….

Just when you think you’re in flavor and texture heaven, your next bite reveals this pocket of melted gooey Jarlsberg cheese, so incredible, and a pleasant and welcome surprise it is, would you not agree?

Final Thoughts…………………

Summer is a wonderful time. A time to enjoy the great outdoors and be with family and friends.  Next time you smell that oh-so-familiar scent of burgers grilling on the BBQ, think of these luscious, most noteworthy, succulent, Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger. Certainly, they will be a hit at your next backyard meal!

Enjoy!

Song of the day: “Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley.

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Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger-burger in plate with onion rings

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger

  • Author: Loreto and Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main, Meat
  • Method: Stove top, Grilling
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Description

Cheesy Mushroom Lamb Burger. Wonderfully seasoned ground lamb with hints of rosemary, oregano, and chives, meets the most desirable brioche bun, sauteed mushrooms and melted Jarlsberg cheese. Oh, wait, there is a surprise, a pocket of cheese nestled in the center of this most extraordinary succulent tasty burger. Need I say more?


Ingredients

Mushrooms:

  • 250 g button top mushroom, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp evo oil
  • 1 pat of salted butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed
  • pinch of peperoncino
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • thyme, parsley, sage

Lamb patties:

  • 325 g ground lamb
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 Tbsp Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Panko crumbs
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • a few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cubes Jarlsberg cheese

Aioli:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil mayo
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp balsamic cream

For the burgers:

  • 2 brioche buns
  • 2 slices Jarlsberg cheese
  • 2 Tbsp aioli

Onion Rings:

  • 12 white onion rings approx. 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup sparkling water, chilled
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 L peanut oil, for frying

Instructions

Lamb:

  1. In a large bowl add in all the ingredients for the lamb. Mix well with your hands and cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

Mushrooms:

  1. Heat up oil and butter in a pan with garlic. Add peperoncino.
  2. Add mushrooms, herbs, and seasoning and stir, sauteing the mushrooms for 10-15 minutes on medium to high heat.
  3. Take off heat and set aside.

Aioli:

  1. In a ramekin combine mayo, mustard, and balsamic cream.
  2. Whisk until well incorporated and place in the fridge.

Burgers:

  1. Take the seasoned ground lamb, scoop out around 2 tablespoons and place in hand. Take a cube of cheese and put it in the middle and shape the meat around the cheese and roll into a ball. Press down and shape into a round patty and place on a plate.
  2. Repeat this process until all the ground lamb is gone.

Onion Rings:

  1. In a bowl mix flour and seasonings.
  2. Whisk in sparkling water and add more if batter is too thick. Should be creamy and smooth and just thick enough to coat the onion rings.
  3. Heat up peanut oil in a medium pot.
  4. Place a few onion rings in batter until well-coated. Lift out of batter and let excess drip off and place into the hot oil. Cook for about 2 minutes and turn. Take out and place on a paper towel lined dish when golden and crisp.
  5. Repeat this process until done.

Grilling:

  1. Preheat BBQ to around 450 degrees F.
  2. Place burgers on hot grill and cook for about 2 minutes then turn them 180 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Turn burgers over and repeat the cooking process turning burgers 180 degrees after 2 minutes and cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Place cheese on hot burgers and let rest.
  5. Place cut brioche buns on grill and toast for a few minutes, take off grill and set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, warm up mushrooms.

Assembly:

  1. Spread a good spoonful of aioli onto the bottom half of the bun.
  2. Place the burger onto the aioli and top with sauteed mushrooms. Spread some more aioli on the top half of bun and place on the burger with mushrooms.
  3. Top burger with a folded dill pickle slice.
  4. Put some onion rings on the side.
  5. Ready to serve.

Enjoy!


Notes

  1. If you don’t like lamb you can substitute pork or beef or any combination you like.
  2. You can use just store-bought burger buns if you don’t want to make the brioche buns.
  3. Be creative with your condiments and toppings. Become your own burger artist.
  4. Prep time includes 2 hours of marinating time for the ground lamb.
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23 Comments

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    Reply Margaret Bose Johnson June 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, wow, I love lamb burgers and these ones look especially wonderful. Those brioche buns are amazing looking, too!

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    Reply Veena Azmanov June 25, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    The Burger looks yum, creamy and delicious. I want to grab this platter. Love the option of mushroom and the lamb patties looks awesome too.

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    Reply Jacqueline Debono June 27, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I love lamb burgers and this one looks incredible! The idea to put cheese inside the burger is fabulous! I have to try this recipe! Pinning for later!

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    Reply Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen June 27, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I love lamb, and this looks like one hell of a burger! Perfect for summer cook outs! love the addition of mushrooms!

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    Reply Anna June 28, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Oh wow! Burgers never looked that good! Love the selection of spices you have used in them, but what I love the most is that they’re served in homemade brioche buns! Utterly delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 30, 2019 at 10:57 am

      Thank you Anna. Yes that brioche was spectacular. Its rich buttery eggy flavor was a perfect match to the rustic lamb notes and that aioli just sparked everything in such a taste bud tantalizing way!
      Have a wonderful summer!

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    Reply Alisha Rodrigues June 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Those burgers look so juicy and full of flavor.. I need to make a few. The restaurant ones never stand out like these

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Thank you that is such a wonderful compliment. I find that true that sometimes burgers in restaurants to stand up to the standard as the ones you make home made at home! However once in a while you find a good burger place and luck out. We are fortunate we have a few in our neck of the woods!
      Happy back yard grilling!
      Loreto

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    Reply Eva June 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I love that you chose Jarlsberg! Not the most common choice of cheese. Ah, home-baked brioche buns. I keep buying them at the store, but it is my resolution to bake my own sooner or later. Kudos to Nicoletta for that!

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    Reply Sharon June 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I’m always looking for recipes to use with lamb since it’s one of my favorite meats. I do love this burger recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, Lamb is one of my favorites too. Love its rich flavor and when you get that caramelization of those juices coming forth on the BBQ it is totally a mouth watering experience!
      Happy Summer!
      Cheers!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Sharon, grilled lamb to me is the best. That rich flavor of the lamb abd the way it juices releasing those caramelized flavors is totally the bomb!

      Happy grilling!
      loreto

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    Reply Kate June 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Wow these look so good! I love how the aioli, toppings, and onion rings all add to the overall deliciousness of the burger!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Thank you, It was an overall well balance dish and the variety of textures and flavors really kept our taste buds sprked!
      Happy cooking!
      Loreto

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 5, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you Kate, we wanted to host flavors that compliment each other. The mix of lamb, mushrooms and those crispy onions, with that little bit of acidity from that pickle was a symphony to my taste buds!
      Have a wonderful friday!
      Loreto

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    Reply Kathryn June 30, 2019 at 7:38 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve made lamb burgers – this recipe looks like the perfect way to change that! Pinning for later.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 30, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Thank you. I don’t know about you but there is this incredible flavor from grilling lamb abd add in all the lovely spices and textures and this burger is sure to be a winner!
      Have a great weekend!
      Loreto

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 5, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Kathryn, can’t wait for you to try these!
      Cheers!
      loreto

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    Reply Neha June 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Charbroiled lamb burger you said? Please count me in!! Loving the flavors used in the recipe can’t wait to give it a go!

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    Reply Des June 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I have always wanted to try a lamb burger! I love that this is loaded with mushrooms and cheese. They sound simply fantastic!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 5, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Des, yes they are very flavorful and I love the look you get when someone bites in and that cheesy pocket center just oozes out! Now that’s a cheesy burger!
      Thank you for commenting!
      loreto

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    Reply Monica June 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, are these ever incredible, especially on some luscious brioche buns! SUCH a great flavor combination, with the lamb and mushrooms, and perfect for switching up our grill favorites.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 5, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Monica, I love your passion for these burgers! greatly appreciated!
      Happy weekend to you!
      Cheers!
      loreto

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