Lamb burgers with haloumi via www.clairekcreations.com

Yesterday I was standing at the bench shaping mince into patties to cook for Ollie when suddenly I feel a searing sting on my bottom followed by giggling when I yelped in pain.

Ollie seems to find biting pretty funny but I was in a real pickle. I was covered in mince so I couldn’t touch him, he wouldn’t get down and the more I reacted the more he laughed and tried to bite me again. Now add the closer… I was wearing elastic waisted pants.

So if you were a fly on the wall you would have seen me with a laughing baby hanging off my legs trying to bite me, with my pants around my knees and hands flying everywhere trying to get him to sit down. Some days I think we could win big bucks in Funniest Home Videos.

Lamb burgers with haloumi via www.clairekcreations.com

You would think I would learn to do things near the sink so I can at least wash my hands and shake the attacker but it seems I never catch on. Luckily when I was shaping the mince for my Greek lamb and halloumi burgers I had no such problems.

My lunches when it’s just me and Ollie at home are pretty boring but every few weeks we get treated to Will working from home. I use it as an excuse/incentive to make something fancy for lunch.

Lamb burgers with haloumi via www.clairekcreations.com

The inspiration for these came from Maureen aka The Orgasmic Chef a couple of months ago when she made the most perfect looking brioche buns. They’re made in the Thermomix but I’m sure you could make them in a mixer. To me they screamed burger bun.

Lamb burgers with haloumi via www.clairekcreations.com

I have no idea where the Greek came from but I was happy to dig out my authentic Greek plate for the occasion. These burgers are nice and light and you can add lots of salad to make them super healthy. I am pretty sure you could cook halloumi on the BBQ (maybe in a pan) so add these to your next BBQ, I insist.

The mince would also make pretty tasty meatballs dipped in the yoghurt sauce – perfect for holiday entertaining.

I’m off to buy some belts and iron underwear to protect me from Ollie. Enjoy!

Lamb burgers with haloumi via www.clairekcreations.com

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Greek lamb and haloumi burgers
 
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Serves: 5 burgers
Ingredients
Burgers
  • 35g (1oz) feta
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 65g (2oz) quinoa flakes (or quick oats)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 350g lamb mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Buns
  • Halloumi
Sauce
  • ¼ cup plain natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Lettuce and other salad to serve
Instructions
  1. Place the feta, lemon zest, quinoa flakes and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and blend until minced.
  2. Scrape the sides and add the oregano, mince and egg and process until combined.
  3. Using 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time, shape it into patties.
  4. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and then cook as many meat patties as you can fit in the pan.
  5. Repeat until the meat is cooked.
  6. Heat another frying pan and cook the sliced haloumi (however much you would like).
  7. If you like toasted buns, slice your buns in half and gently toast in the pan you used for the meat.
  8. Combine the yogurt, lemon juice and garlic and spread on the base of the buns.
  9. Top with salad then the meat then sliced halloumi.
  10. Serve hot.