I was out shopping for groceries in Waitrose the other day when, lo and behold, the impossible happened!! In other words, I stumbled on a pack of Just Gluten Free Bakery brioche buns! Imagine my surprise at seeing this one single pack sitting on the shelf, all alone… not having been snatched immediately by the gluten free brigade at the precise moment it was placed there!
I wasn’t planning to eat burgers that day, but without an ounce of hesitation, I instantly grabbed it and shouted with excitement to my boyfriend (who was further down the aisle) that there was a pack of Just brioche buns left. At which point, a lady who arrived just after me and was browsing the gluten free section laughed to herself quietly, with clear understanding of my situation. She, however, had to make do with some Shar ciabatta rolls. #sorrynotsorry
Just brioche buns are simply the best gluten free burger buns out there in my opinion. Everything from the taste, the soft texture and the size is just perfect. On top of being gluten free, they’re also dairy and egg free, for those interested, but you’d honestly never be able to tell. It’s just a shame that they’re so hard to find! I suspect everyone stocks up and empties the shelves every time they miraculously stumble upon them – many have actually admitted to this on gluten free groups – which in turn makes them even more difficult to find. Like a downward hoarding spiral. lol I know you can order directly from their website, but not having any freezer space at home means it’s unfortunately not really an option for me at the moment. If it is for you though, check out their website –> here.
Anyway we both felt like this special moment called for a special burger, lol, so we decided to improvise something a bit different to usual: lamb kofta burgers. Basically Greek lamb koftas made into burger patties combined with other Greek/Mediterranean style add-ins like goat cheese, hummus and a homemade harrissa flavoured salsa – and they turned out absolutely delicious.
“Quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever had”, to quote my boyfriend. 😀
- Burger buns (I used Just Gluten Free Bakery brioche buns)
- Lamb kofta style burger patties
- Goat cheese
- Harissa flavoured salsa
- Shredded spinach (or lettuce)
For the lamb kofta patties:
- 250g minced lamb
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder (or a few garlic cloves)
- 1/2 Tbsp cumin powder
- 1 Tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2 Tbsp dried mint
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- Black pepper
- Olive oil (for cooking)
Yields 2 large patties.
For the salsa:
- 2 salad tomatoes
- 1/2 onion
- 1 Tbsp harissa paste
- 1 tsp dried coriander leaves
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (bottled or fresh)
- Black pepper
- Lamb kofta patties: mix the herbs and spices with the lamb mince and mould into patties. Due to burger patties lifting and compressing during the cooking process, make them thinner and wider than desired. Making a deep well in the middle of each patty with your thumb can also help with them keep their shape by preventing them from bulging in the middle. Refrigerating the burger patties for a while before cooking also helps them keep their shape, but this step is by no means necessary. Pan fry in olive oil, on medium heat, until cooked through. Then add a few slices of goat cheese and keep on cooking briefly, just long enough for the cheese to melt a little.
- Salsa: finely chop the tomatoes and onion and combine with the rest of the salsa ingredients. Ideally let it sit for 10 minutes to let the flavours build up (so it’s a good idea to make it first and set aside while preparing/cooking everything else).
- Burger buns: slice the buns in half and lightly toast them on the same frying pan you used for the patties.
- Make the burgers: spread a generous amount of mayonnaise on the toasted bread, add salsa and shredded spinach to the bottom bread slice, then the burger patty covered in semi melted goat cheese, followed by hummus and more salsa.