Mini Lamb Sliders with Minty Yogurt Recipe
Lamb is great source of protein, iron, B vitamins and zinc. It is also generally lower in saturated fat than beef, so overall a wonderful addition to a family’s diet. You can absolutely make these with almost any other meat, such as beef, chicken or dark turkey.
Sliders are also always fun for little ones and little hands. You can also make a regular size burger with the same recipe, but since we often cook with our kids, they seem to enjoy making kid-size burgers more. We usually enjoy these sliders with a side of store-bought, oven-baked sweet potato or regular fries and a simple side salad. Also, if you are having a movie night, these are fun to serve instead of the regular pizza.
The patty is a take on a Middle Eastern kebab that we have converted into a burger/slider. The cooling, herby yogurt is reminiscent of a Middle Eastern or Greek tzatziki minus the cooling cucumbers. You can use the yogurt as a dipping sauce for vegetables as well. If you are not fans of yogurt, feel free to use one of your favorite melting cheeses or even a goat cheese.
Get kids to help in the kitchen for this recipe in the following ways:
- Mixing spices and making the spice blend. Use the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of spices and how each spice smells and looks.
- Cracking and beating the egg – essential skill!
- Measure everything.
- If you kids are old enough, they can also help with some of the knife work. But if you are nervous about kids and knives, you can skip this part and do it yourself.
- Get in there and mix the meat mixture.
- Tear up mint leaves for yogurt sauce. Older kids can probably make this sauce all by themselves.
- Older kids can also help with pan frying of the patties.
- Slider assembly is always super fun (but messy)!
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 shallot minced
- ½ tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoons cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 egg, beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 7-8 mini burger buns
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- slices of tomato
For minty yogurt
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- small handful of fresh mint, torn up or chiffonade
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- pinch of chili powder (optional)
Mix the ground lamb with the minced ginger, minced shallot, beaten egg and spices Shape into a 3-inch disc and flatten into mini patties that are about ½-inch thick (makes about 7-8 patties). Fry 2-3 minutes on each side till fully cooked.
Lightly toast slider buns. Assemble each mini slider with a cooked patty, minty yogurt, tomato slice and red onion.
Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess (www.alittleyum.com), they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. They also teach classes, camps and private cooking workshops.