Being National Burger Day, I thought I might share my recipe for a burger that is a bit different. But first lets look at how the hamburger came to be.
Probably one of the earliest references to a meat patty appeared in the 4th century.The ancient Roman empire had a dish called isicia omentata which was a baked patty of ground beef mixed with pine kernels, black and green peppercorns, and white wine. Not to mention several other mentions of similar items throughout history in Europe and Mongolia. There are a lot of different “legends” in the U.S. as to the invention of what we know today as the Hamburger. My personal favorite is the story of ” Old Dave’s Hamburger Sandwich” Which originated in Athens Texas. A man named Fletcher Davis (Old Dave) had a cafe on Tyler St.during the 1880’s. He claimed to have the idea to satisfy a hurried customer, to put a hamburger steak between two slices of Texas Toast. At the end of the decade it was a staple menu item at his cafe. Whatever the origin I’m just glad that someone came up with it. I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t enjoy a good burger now and then.
Okay folks the brief history lesson is over, now lets get on to the meat of the post(sorry couldn’t resist). This burger is made with Ground lamb and beef. It makes for a great combination of flavor in the meat. And this is also a stuffed burger with a filling of Feta cheese and herbs. Served on a grilled Ciabatta bun, this burger is sure to please.
Ingredients For Patties
1 Lb Ground Lamb
1 Lb Ground Chuck
Salt and Pepper
Ingredients For Filling
8 oz Feta Cheese
1 tsp Fresh Chopped Rosemary
1 tsp Fresh Chopped Thyme
1 tsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
A very small drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Clove Minced Garlic
Combine the Feta, Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, and Parsley in a small bowl. Add just a light drizzle of the oil and mix well. I recommend covering and placing in the fridge for about an hour to let the flavors marry.
Next combine the meats in a bowl and mix together with your hands until well incorporated. I like a big burger so I make a ball with about 1/2 lb of the meat mixture This should yield you 4 Burgers. Slightly flatten the ball and then make an impression in the center with your thumb. Now take some of the Feta and herb Mixture and place into the well you have made. Cover this over and continue to flatten the patty out so the Filling is in the center and not visible. Do this with the remaining meat to make all your patties and place on a platter. Season both sides with salt and pepper and let rest for about 15 mins.
Preheat your grill to med high heat, and brush grates with some olive oil. Place burgers on grill and let cook for about 3 to 4 Mins on each side for a med rare burger. Longer if desired. Brush some melted garlic butter on the insides of your Ciabatta rolls and grill these while you burgers are resting. Top with your favorite condiments and enjoy!! I would recommend Some sliced onion and tzatziki sauce.
Cook form the heart and taste the love