I can be a finicky eater, so my hesitation about food in Ireland (I went back in June) was huge.  Turns out my hesitation was unwarranted because I had some of the best food I’ve eaten in my life on that 10 day trip.  Fish and chips?  Duh.  Fresh seafood?  You bet I ate those crab toes.  Guinness, lamb, all the lamb please.  My favorite meal was at this pub in Doolin – lamb burger with pico, coleslaw, spicy potato wedges and a garlic lemon sauce.  My god, I have been dreaming about that burger, so when I went to the farmer’s market on Wednesday and saw ground lamb, I just knew I needed to buy it in an attempt to recreate this insane meal.

Ingredients

red onions sliced for garnish
Kosher salt
Pinch crushed red pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely smashed
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
1/2 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
2 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced for garnish

In a large bowl, combine the lamb, the dill, mint, oregano, lemon zest and Sprinkle with salt and combine well.

Preheat the grill.

Form the lamb mixture into 4 equal patties and sprinkle with salt. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove the burgers from the grill and let rest for 3 to 4 minutes.

Top with tomato slices and onion.

I also grilled some veggies and sweet potato fries to give me a nice, well-rounded meal.  My burger wasn’t as good as the one in Ireland, but it was still an A+ meal.

grilledlambburgers

And here are some of my favorite meals from Ireland:

ireland lamb fishandchips lambchops crabtoes