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Every time we hit Trader Vic’s for happy hour I order their lamb sliders. I had never really tried lamb before and was actually surprised at how much I liked it! I was inspired to try out my own version of them and they turned out far better than what I expected! The sweet and spicy tomato chutney and cool cucumber mint raita make the perfect compliments to the burgers! Expand your palette and try them for yourself!


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1lb ground lamb

1 garlic clove, minced

2-3 Tbs finely chopped red onion

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil for pan or grill

Slider buns or rolls

Lettuce (optional)

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For Cucumber Mint Raita:

½ of a large cucumber, peeled and grated

1 cup sour cream or yogurt (traditional raitas are made with yogurt, but sour cream works just fine)

5 large mint leaves, thinly sliced

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

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For Tomato Chutney:

1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved

2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

1 Tbs brown sugar

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste


Start by preparing your cucumber mint raita first.

Place grated cucumber in a fine mesh strainer and press down to squeeze excess liquid out.

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In a small bowl, combine grated cucumber, sour cream or yogurt, mint leaves, and spices. Stir until all ingredients are blended.

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Cover and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to chill before using.

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In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm until ready to use.

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While waiting on the chutney you can start your burgers!

You can grill them or cook in a pan. I opted for a pan since it was particularly hot that day and I didn’t want to stand in the sun grilling!

Either heat your grill on a low to medium setting or place a large skillet on the stove top on low-medium heat. If grilling, rub a bit of olive oil on the grill before heating up.

In a medium bowl, combine ground lamb, minced garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix until all ingredients are well blended. Form into 6-8 small patties.

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Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet once it’s hot and add patties. Cook for 4-6 minutes on each side or until they reach the temperature that you would like. Some people like them medium-rare, so just cut into one to check the center in case you’re not sure.

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Add burgers to slider buns with lettuce, top with tomato chutney, and spread the cucumber mint raita on. Serve right away!

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