Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Mint Aïoli

These easy lamb burgers, as seen on the hit BBC series Britain's Best Home Cook, are packed with flavour thanks to the addition of dried apricots and harissa.

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Introduction

These delicious burgers, full of flavour from the fresh mint and the gentle heat of the harissa, will transport you to the souks and medinas of north Africa. The burgers can be shaped up to a day in advance and stored in the fridge, ready to cook at a moment’s notice.

Serves 4
Easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

½ onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled
100g (4oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots
2 tsp ground cumin
25g (1oz) fresh mint leaves
500g (1lb 2oz) minced lamb shoulder (15–20 percent fat content)
50g (2oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tbsp harissa paste
120g (4½ oz) feta, crumbled
1 tsp sea salt
sunflower oil, for frying
For the mint aïoli:
200g (7oz) good-quality mayonnaise
juice of ½ lime
2 garlic cloves, crushed
20g (¾ oz) fresh mint, finely chopped
pinch of sea salt
To serve:
2 Little Gem lettuces, shredded
2 tbsp pomegranate seeds (optional)
4 brioche burger buns, halved
¼ cucumber, halved and thinly sliced

Essential kit

You will need: a food processor.

Instructions

1. For the mint aïoli, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas 6.

3. For the burgers, put the onion, garlic, apricots, cumin and mint leaves into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the minced lamb, breadcrumbs, harissa, feta and salt. Combine until thoroughly mixed: the best way to do this is using your hands. Fry a teaspoon of the mixture to test the seasoning: taste and adjust with a little more salt if necessary. Divide the mixture into four and shape into burgers.

4. Heat a little oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Add the burgers and fry for 3–4 minutes on each side until evenly browned. Put the pan into the oven to bake for 10–12 minutes, until the burgers are just cooked through.

5. To serve, put some of the shredded lettuce and pomegranate seeds (if using) onto the base of each burger bun. Top with a burger, some cucumber and mint aïoli and the remaining half of the bun. Serve immediately.

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