Chef Kristina Vanni Cabernet-cherry lamb burgers with blue cheese and pancetta

  • Prep time 1Hr
  • Cook time 11Min
  • Technique Grill, Pan Fry / Saute
  • Meat Lamb
  • Cut Ground
  • Serves 6

Looking for delicious recipes for natural lamb? Check out our tasty recipe for Cabernet-Cherry Lamb Burgers with Blue Cheese and Pancetta.

Ingredients

2 pounds Australian lamb, ground
8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
4 ounces pancetta, cooked and crumbled
2 ounces cherries, dried, chopped
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil, as needed
Sea salt, as needed

Cabernet-Cherry Ketchup:
12 ounces cherry preserves, large pieces chopped
1 tablespoon Australian cabernet
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup

To Serve:

6 brioche or challah buns
Arugula, as needed
Cottage fries, as needed

Method

Combine lamb with blue cheese, pancetta, dried cherries, shallots and pepper. Knead lightly to distribute ingredients evenly.  Form into 6 patties, 7 ounces each. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 1 hour to overnight.

To cook, heat skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat until very hot, or build a medium-hot fire in a grill. Brush burgers with oil and season with salt, then cook, turning once, for 8 to 11 minutes total for medium rare.

While burgers cook, toast buns lightly. When burgers are done, remove to a warm platter to rest for a few minutes.

For the Cabernet-Cherry Ketchup: Combine ingredients and reserve, refrigerated.

Assembly: Place arugula on bottom bun, then burger. Spread a generous amount of cabernet-cherry ketchup on top bun and place on burger. Serve burgers with hot, crispy cottage fries, passing extra ketchup for dipping.