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Recipe for family meals :

Lamb Burger Pittas

Working at the BBC Good Food Show last November gave me very little opportunity to actually see much of the show. However, one interesting item I did get given was a CD-Rom of recipes, promoting New Zealand Lamb. There are some first class recipes - hopefully they will not mind me publishing a few!

How to introduce New Zealand Lamb? That is probably best left to the New Zealanders themselves:

New Zealand Lamb . . . pure and simple

Give your next meal an international flavor with New Zealand Lamb. Our natural grazing lands, combined with a long and proud history of providing the world with the finest quality food products means that our lamb is always tasty, tender and delicious. New Zealand Lamb has a succulent flavor.

If you would like more information or to find cooking techniques for lamb or recipes why not visit the Meat New Zealand web site <click here>


500g / 1lb New Zealand minced lamb, fresh or thawed
10ml / 2tsp. whole grain mustard
15ml / 1tbsp. chilli sauce
15ml / tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
15ml / 1tbsp. lemon juice
15ml / 1tbsb. freshly chopped mint
1 medium egg, beaten
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 mini pitta breads
selection of salad leaves
garlic mayonnaise

  • Mix the minced lamb with the mustard, chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and chopped mint.
  • Bind the ingredients together with the egg and add plenty of seasoning.
  • Shape the mixture into 16 small burgers, then cook under a pre-heated grill for about 5 minutes on each side until brown and cooked through.
  • Warm the pitta breads under the grill, then split in half and fill with salad.
  • Top each with two burgers and serve with garlic mayonnaise.

Hints and Tips:

  • Make the mixture into 8 burgers and serve in burger buns for the kids' tea.
  • Use 5ml / 1 tsp dried mint if fresh mint isn't available.

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