In collaboration with Tasty, Easy Lamb.
It’s very nearly BBQ time again! With the longer, sunnier days starting to make an appearance I’m beginning to think about new and interesting ways to jazz up our summer barbeques. I love going on culinary journeys from my own kitchen, exploring the tastes of far off places using locally available ingredients. For this recipe, I’m travelling to Chile, in South America, with a succulent paprika-spiked lamb burger served with pebre, a popular Chilean condiment and Marraqueta bread rolls, a yeasty bake that appears on many kitchen tables throughout Chile.
The tender, succulent and juicy lamb burger is seasoned simply with smoked paprika and a touch of cumin and oregano. Loaded with the mashed avocado, tomato slices, pebre and, of course, a little sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, this Chilean-inspired burger tastes quite the thing, and it’s something a little different from a typical British bbq sauce glazed burger for the summer.
Lamb is an incredibly versatile ingredient with a unique and delicious flavour that works really well with summer barbecues.
Lamb raised in the European countryside is among the most sustainable in the world – it comes down to the temperate climate and varied terrain. From mountainous regions to deep valleys and vast grasslands, sheep farming thrives in areas often not viable for cultivation, so it doesn’t take land away from valuable crop production. – Tasty, Easy Lamb
I have noticed recently that lamb mince is not as readily obtainable at supermarkets like it used to be. In fact, one of our Shetland islands supermarkets informed me they no longer stock it, and suggested that I turn to my local butchers instead. When shopping at your local butchers you can be sure of purchasing a high-quality product.
The marraqueta is a crispy bread roll with a crunchy outer and a soft, fluffy interior and slightly salty taste. Its origins are from the late 19th early 20th century Chile where two French baker brothers immigrated to the area and created the extremely popular roll. In fact, it is the most popular bread eaten in Chile.
There is much controversy over whether one marraqueta is one bread roll, or in fact four, as the handle of a wooden spoon is used to press a cross shape into the dough before baking, thereby dividing the dough into four pieces.
For the purposes of using these as burger buns, I use one-half of a marraqueta per person, also known as pan batido. You could, if you wanted, prepare the dough into six separate burger buns pressing the cross shape into each individual bun. I also cheated a bit and made my dough in the bread machine, but I’ve provided the recipe to make it by hand too if you wish.
The baking of these bread rolls is significantly improved by the use of a pre-heated pizza stone, if you have one. If not, just make sure your oven is at the highest setting for the initial 15 minutes of baking.
The accompanying salsa, pebre, is a staple condiment found on many Chilean tables. Prepared mostly from coriander, it’s a zingy cross between Argentinian chimichurri (see recipe here) and Mexican Pico-de-gallo (see recipe here), and it’s got a lovely hit of chilli to really get those taste buds going.
I used a Mexican smoked chilli paste in my recipe, but feel free to substitute with a dash of sriracha or a freshly chopped red chilli.
Do you have any favourite summer bbq lamb recipes? Let me know in the comments!
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