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Operation Jam Jar is all about getting back to basics in the kitchen.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lamb Burgers with Peach Chutney

There’s nothing better on a summer’s day than a BBQ with friends.  But as much as I love a snag or two, it’s nice to try something new every now and then. I had a whirl at making lamb burgers on the weekend for a BBQ and they were pretty tasty.  So easy too, you all know how much I love recipes where you just bung everything together in a bowl.  The fun part is adding all the extras – lettuce, tomato, cheese, and some nice sauce.  You might be wondering why there is no photo of these alleged burgers – if truth be told I was far too busy eating and drinking in the sunshine to remember to photograph them.  They look quite burger-like - you will just have to take my word for it.


500g lamb mince
Big handful of fresh herbs (basil, mint or parsley work well)
½ a red onion, very finely sliced
½ a cup of breadcrumbs
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp chilli flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
Bread rolls, chutney + salad to serve

Mush everything together in a big bowl.  The idea of the breadcrumbs and the egg is just to have the consistency right to ensure the burgers stay together.  You may need to add more or less breadcrumbs so just keep an eye on it when you’re making them. 

Wet your hands a little and form the mixture into patties.  Place on a tray covered with baking paper so they don’t stick.  

Cook on a hot BBQ or in a frying pan for a few minutes on each side until browned.  

Add your favourite salads and some fruity relish (recipe below) and hommus (I used the beetroot hommus recipe and it went down a treat).  

These patties also freeze well so you could make some extras and keep them in the freezer for a night when you don’t feel like cooking. 

Easy peasy microwave peach chutney

I had no idea you could make chutney in the microwave.  The things you find on the internet hey?

6 ripe peaches, peeled (you could also use mango, nectarines, or a combination of any of these)
1/2 a red onion, finely sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup malt vinegar
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ginger

Chop the peeled fruit up into chunks, and add everything into a microwave safe bowl.  Mix well and place uncovered on high in the microwave for 30 mins.  Stir it every 5 mins.  

When the time is up the peaches will have broken down and the whole thing should be quite thick.  Allow to cool on the benchtop, and serve on top of your lamb burgers.   

The taste of summer!

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