Lamb, Feta, and Mint Burgers with Sweet Potato Hummus

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These scrumptious burgers are brought to you by none other than CSA share numero cinco – particularly, the ground lamb, the fresh mint, and the bonita sweet potatoes. I got a little carried away with the fixings: sweet potato hummus, tzatziki, and kalamata olive & sun-dried tomato tapenade. Because the burgers were so flavorful on their own, I paired them with only the hummus, spring mix, and tomato to keep them relatively simple. The tzatziki and tapenade, on the other hand, were enjoyed with pita chips. This meal was the bomb dot com and made for a unique twist on a Mediterranean feast.

Note: The hummus recipe yields a significant amount of hummus, i.e. plenty leftover for snacking. The burger recipe yields two patties, but it can be easily multiplied to suit your needs.

PART 1: THE HUMMUS

What you’ll need:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Himalayan salt to taste

What you’ll do:

  • Peel the sweet potatoes and microwave for 3 minutes, or until tender
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth

PART 2: THE BURGERS

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb. ground lamb
  • 3/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 a shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Desired amount of cracked black pepper and Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup spring mix
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 hamburger buns (the wheat brioche hamburger buns from Whole Foods are so yum)

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the grill on medium heat; meanwhile, combine the ground lamb, feta, mint, shallot, egg, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl; when thoroughly mixed, form into two equal-sized patties
  • Once the grill is heated, lightly oil the grate; grill the burgers for approximately 10 minutes on each side, or until the meat is cooked through
  • Place the burgers onto the buns, spread a generous amount of hummus on top; layer on the spring mix and tomato

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