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Spicy Lamb Burgers a Perfect Match for Georgia Wine

Get a group together and revisit some of Georgia's Most Delicious Wines

Spicy Lamb Burgers a Perfect Match for Georgia Wine

Often, when I mention Georgia wine at a gathering, the first response I get is: Ugh, Georgia Wine? You have to be joking.

I think its time to revisit Georgia Wine.

I had the pleasure of teaching a wine and food pairing class recently at a small wine shop named Nikos Wine Corner. We had a group of 12 intrepid tasters, most of whom had a discriminating palate and a great deal of wine knowledge. We tasted our way through myriad reds, and came to the conclusion that Georgia wine has changed. Yes, there are some clunkers, but better than that – there is a huge pool of delicious wines to enjoy.

After tasting some of Georgia’s best, we decided on a few bottles. I was thrilled when the bottles the group chose coincided with my favorite picks.

Get your group together and taste Georgia wine...See if your very favorite is the same as mine, Blackstock ACE – a delicious red blend that shows the best of Georgia’s grapes and weather. Try this favorite burger recipe and pair it with an array of Georgia reds. Add a green salad with a light vinaigrette on the side, and you will have a super dinner for red wine tasting - I hope you like it as much as do!

Spicy Lamb Burgers

2  ½  LB Ground Lamb
2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped or grated
½ Cup Red Onion, finely chopped

2 TB Mango Chutney, finely Chopped 

1¼” Piece of Fresh Ginger, Peeled and Grated

1 Red Chili, De-seeded and Finely Chopped

¼ Tsp Ground Turmeric

1 Tsp Coriander Seeds, Toasted and Crushed
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds, Toasted and Crushed
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

3 Ripe Tomatoes, De-seeded and Diced

7oz Greek Yogurt

½ Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 TB Fresh Lemon Juice
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Step One

Toast the Coriander and Cumin Seeds in a dry skillet over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Grind together in a small food processor, or crush with a mortar and pestle.


Step Two

Place the ground lamb in a large mixing bowl and add the garlic, onion, mango chutney, ginger, chopped chili, turmeric, crushed coriander and cumin. Season well with salt and pepper and mix by hand until combined.


Step Three

Divide and shape the mixture into 8-10 burgers. If you want to check the flavor, fry a small burger in a drop of oil before shaping the rest and, if necessary, add extra flavorings or seasoning.


Step Four

Place the burgers on a tray and place them in the fridge to relax for at least 30 minutes. You can make them up to a day before cooking.

Step Five

To prevent the burgers from sticking, brush with a little oil before cooking over medium high heat for about 5 minutes each side.

Step Six

Mix together the tomatoes, yogurt, cilantro and lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the burgers as a spread and top with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.

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