Slider is the smaller and more elegant cousin of the hamburger. Except it packs in as much flavor as the hamburger in bite sized pieces! This recipe has contrasting flavors of heat from the berbere and coolness from the tzatziki topping off with crunchy onions making it a delightful bite and a must try at home! Being an avid follower of chef Marcus Samuelsson it is not surprising that Berbere is one of my favorite spice blends and I look for excuses to use it. Berbere is an Ethiopian spice blend which consists of cayenne, paprika, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cardamom,cumin, black pepper, cloves, fenugreek, coriander, allspice and nutmeg. It goes perfectly well with almost any kind of meat , especially red meat and lamb is no exception. The choice of lamb is for a leaner option, ground beef can be used for the same recipe for equally good results.
- 300 gm ground lamb
- 3 teaspoon Berbere
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 red onion finely sliced
- 1 cup greek yogurt (any strained yogurt would suffice)
- 1 cucumber de seeded and finely chopped
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Lemon zest
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt to season
- 5 tablespoons of olive oil
- Canola oil or vegetable oil for deep frying
1. To the ground lamb add the berbere, thyme, salt , white pepper and olive oil. Make them into small slider sized patties and set aside . Refrigerate the burgers till you are ready to cook them.
2. Heat oil in a pan ( fill up to a quarter of the pan for deep frying the onions) and add the finely sliced onions till they turn brown and crispy.
3. For the tzatziki, add yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, finely chopped de-seeded cucumber and salt and whisk till a smooth creamy mixture is formed.
4. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add the slider patties while ensuring the pan isn’t overcrowded. Cook for approximately 3 minutes each side. Once they are done let it rest for 3-4 minutes.
5. Warm the slider buns and place the patty , top it off with the tzatziki and crispy onions as shown in the images.