RECIPES: Recipe Details
Brit (ish) Lamb Burger with Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread and Caramelized Onions
Cooking for my English Husband
â€¢ 1 tablespoon butter
â€¢ 1 medium size yellow onion â€“ finely diced (about 1 Â½ cups)
â€¢ 1 medium size carrot â€“ finely diced (about Â¾ cup)
â€¢ 2 pounds ground Lamb
â€¢ 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
â€¢ 1 Â½ teaspoons kosher salt
â€¢ 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
â€¢ Â½ cup fresh parsley â€“ minced
â€¢ 1 tablespoon fresh English thyme
â€¢ Â½ cup frozen petite green peas (optional)
â€¢ Â½ cup fresh bread crumbs
â€¢ 3 large yellow onions, sliced thin
â€¢ 2 Tb butter
â€¢ Â½ tsp salt
Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread
â€¢ Â¾ pound Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese â€“ freshly grated (or other good extra sharp cheddar)
â€¢ 3 tablespoons Newcastle Brown Ale (or other dark beer such as Guinness)
â€¢ 2 teaspoons Colmanâ€™s English dry mustard
â€¢ 1 Â½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
â€¢ Pinch of salt
Vegetable oil for brushing on grill
6 fluffy potato buns
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
To make patties:
Melt butter in a grill safe skillet, sautÃ© onions and carrots over medium heat until onions are translucent and carrots are soft. (About 10 min). Spoon into a glass dish and chill. After chilling, combine chilled onions and carrots with ground lamb, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme, frozen peas and bread crumbs. Mix gently. Form into 6 patties, chill patties until ready to grill.
To make Caramelized Onions
In grill safe skillet melt butter on medium heat, add onions and salt. Cook stirring occasionally until onions are soft and golden brown. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside until ready to assemble burger
To make Welsh rarebit cheese spread:
Place grated cheese in bowl of food processor; add beer, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Process until smooth and creamy, use immediately. (If made ahead, chill in processor bowl; then before using, whirl again to spreading consistency)
Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 4 to 5 minutes on each side for medium. Place buns on grill rack, toast one side only, until golden brown.
To assemble the burgers: apply equal thick portions of rarebit cheese spread on toasted sides of top and bottom bun, add 2 heaping tablespoons of caramelized onions to bottom bun, place burger on onions, then add top bun. Serve immediately..
Makes 6 burgers
When my English husband arrived stateside from 'Across the Pond' in 1974, never having seen a barbeque grill before, he was 'simply appalled' and could not believe food cooked on such a devise was fit for human consumption. As time passed, being the good sport that he is, he came to appreciate barbecue cuisine. So in turn, I created this recipe with the flavors of comfort food from his homeland. Since then it has become a favorite with family and friends.