Grilled lamb patties

The weather was in the mid 60s for this year’s holiday party. I was originally going to make these lamb meatballs from Nigella Lawson. Instead I made grilled lamb patties. The recipe is roughly based on one in Joy of Cooking (1997) for Ethan’s Lamb Patties.

One of the criteria for this recipe was that it had to avoid onions, peppers & garlic due to the allergies of assorted guests. Even ground pepper can be a problem.

Grilled Lamb Patties

2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground rosemary
juice of 1 lemon
4 tsp sherry
4 tsp soy sauce
2 pounds ground lamb
1.5 cups panko bread crumbs

With a mortar and pestle grind the dried thyme, salt and ground rosemary until the thyme is well crushed.

Dump in bowl with the liquid ingredients and mix to combine.

Add the lamb and panko to the liquid mixture. Use you hands to combine all the ingredients.

Form patties using ~1 tbsp of lamb mixture by rolling them into a ball and then flattening. Place on a plastic wrap lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes once all patties are formed.

Heat gas grill for ~15 minutes on high then drop the temp to medium. Oil the grill and then fill the grill with patties. Cook on the first side for about 2 minutes and then flip. Cook for approx. 1 more minute and remove.

Yield was 35 small appetizer sized patties or probably 8 or 9 full sized ones.

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