Weeknight Cooking

Lamb Sliders with Feta, Red Onions, and Cumin-Mayonnaise

September 10, 2012

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Lamb Sliders

Summer, you were a high maintenance lover, another thing passing from our lives we know better than to lament. 

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You parched our nation’s crops and left even the mint and basil in our home gardens shriveling under your gaze. In spite of the drought you still sent mosquitos, some armed with West Nile, others simply content to leave welts the size of cherries to be itched with vigor in the night. You brought up the curtain on the finale of a political season that left most people, no matter their political persuasions, feeling lacerated, even despondent. Let’s not even discuss tree limbs and flight plans brought down by your freakish winds. 

Still our hearts pine for you a bit as we feel a slight chill chase us into the house as we lock up for the night, and while we cruise the aisles of Staples in search of No. 2 pencils. No other season is soft like you, allowing for mid-day cocktails and the staring mindlessly at shorelines and mountains, with no place else to go. Some nights, we went to bed with sand in our hair. 

But while the summer of 2012 fades from view, we can still gather a few of its flavors, certainly those culled from the grill anyway. I strongly suggest you check out Lamb Sliders with Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise, which are a cinch to put together and can be done outdoors or, if you prefer, stove top with a grill pan. (I know daisyt13 calls for a cast iron pan but I am keeping you in the season here.)

I rarely make lamb burgers, just because I never think about them, but what a delicious earthy taste they have, especially paired with their favorite seasoning, cumin, and their best friend, feta cheese. 

You’re combining all those Mediterranean flavors here without an elaborate sauce or much effort, because most of the seasoning is coming from your mayo, which you should whip up while the burgers are cooking, to further speed things up. Onions are optional, buns can be done in the toaster, a nice salad of tomatoes and cucumber, or whatever else summer left at the market, works well on the side, too.

Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise by daisyt13

Serves 4 for a main, 8 for appetizer

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ground cumin, more or less, to taste
1 pound ground lamb
salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil, as needed
6 thick slices Greek feta cheese
red onion, thinly slice, to taste
6 mini or "slider" buns

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.




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Written by: Jestei

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Andreakat September 27, 2012
I love lamb and lamb burgers are our favorite. This recipe sounds delicious. One other think I've done is to put some kalamata olive tapenade on our lamb burgers. Add a little goat cheese-heaven! I can't wait to try the cumin mayo-sounds great!
daisyt13 September 15, 2012
Hi! I'm still new to food52 and l enjoy the site. I'm still fairly new to the site and therefore might not be in the know about how things work. I'm a little confused as to why my lamb slider recipe is shown here without credit to me. It is credited to deana@lostpastremembered. Could you please explain. Thanks.

Jestei September 15, 2012
where are you looking? i only see you credited in the text here and on the recipe. i can't find the other credit. can you help me?
daisyt13 September 15, 2012
The Recipe Title before the ingredients are listed shows a revised title with the credit going to deana:

Feta Cheese, Red Onion, and Cumin-Mayonnaise by deana@lostpastremembered
Amanda H. September 15, 2012
That was just an editing error, and it's now fixed. Thank you for pointing this out to us.
Karl R. September 14, 2012
I actually got to eat one of the pictured sliders - as delicious as they look! Can't wait to make them myself.
Jestei September 14, 2012
i wish i had been there
mcs3000 September 11, 2012
I will make. But can we agree to ban the word, "slider?"
Jestei September 11, 2012
Shalini September 10, 2012
Oh, Jenny. What a wonderful ode to our almost-gone summer of 2012. Bet you're going to be thinking more about lamb burgers from now on...
Jestei September 10, 2012
yes i obsessively made these three weeks in a row. and then my family said what's with all the feta. so i had to cool it for a bit.
mrslarkin September 10, 2012
haha! Sounds like my family, only they say stuff like, "ugh, pound cake again???"

these sound yummy. thanks for finding another gem, Jenny.