Break out of the beef-only-burger rut with Lamb Burgers.

Suggested wine pairings follow recipe.

The addition of Italian sausage overcomes the gaminess of the lamb. Match the gourmet taste with pretzel buns or Hawaiian sweet rolls. These make great sliders, too!

Cook Time:5 min
Prep Time:15 min
Total Time:25 min
Category:Entree
Cuisine:American
Yield:8 servings
Method:Grill or Stovetop
Preparation
1. In a large bowl, blend Ground Lamb and Italian Sausage by hand. Add seasoning to taste. Integrate up to 1/4 cup Bread Crumbs for improved cohesion.

2. Divide into 6 - 8 portions. Shape by hand or with a burger press. Patties should be loose, not tightly compressed.

3. Cooking on the grill is always best, but skillet or broiler will do in a pinch. Cook patties 2 - 4 minutes per side over medium heat. Patties are done when firm in the middle. Toast or griddle split rolls or buns.

4. Top with manchego cheese and fresh arugula or sautéed sliced mushrooms.

Ingredients
* 2 lbs ground Lamb
* 1/2 lb bulk Italian Sausage, mild or spicy
* Blend spices together in a bowl and add to taste:
* 2 Tbsp Grill Seasoning (McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak is our go-to)
* 2 Tsp Greek Seasoning
* 2 Tsp ground Cumin
* 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
* 1 Tsp dried Oregano
* 1 Tsp ground Cinnamon
* 1/4 cup plain Bread Crumbs
* 6 - 8 bakery-fresh Torta rolls or burger buns
* Slider variation: 16 small rolls or buns
* Manchego Cheese
* Optional: fresh Arugula or sautéed sliced Mushrooms

Suggested Wines:

CRISP, DRY WHITE or ROSÉ

Domestic
Texas: Albarino, Trebbiano, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rosé
West Coast: Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rosé
Imported
Argentina: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, white Bordeaux, Sancerre, Muscadet, Petit Manseng, Picpoul Blanc, Rosé
Germany: Dry Riesling
Italy: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Frascati, Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Garganega (Soave), Orvieto, Gewurztraminer
Portugal: Vinho Verde (Blanc or Rosé)
South Africa: Chenin Blanc, Rosé
Spain: Albarino, Verdejo, Godello, Viura, Rosé

SUPPLE, MEDIUM-BODY RED

Domestic
Texas: Dolcetto, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Sangiovese
West Coast: Barbera, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, GSM blends
Imported
Argentina: Merlot, Tempranillo, Bonarda
Australia: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Chile: Merlot, Carménère
France: Beaujolais crus, Village Burgundy, Côte du Rhône Village, Petite Bordeaux
Italy: Negromaro, Barbera, Valpolicella, Chianti Riserva, Sangiovese
South Africa: Shiraz, Pinotage
Spain: Tempranillo, Grenache

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