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Minted lamb burger with feta cheese, tomato jam, salad and aioli

To make the burgers:

1 kg of minced lamb (it is best not to use lean ground beef as fat will help to bind the burgers and keep them moist)

3-4 shallots, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

20 g chopped fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1. Place the minced lamb in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix everything together until just combined. This is best done by hand, but do not overdo it in the work of the mix.

2. Divide the mixture into 6 patties of about 180 g each. 3. The burgers can be cooked either in a griddle pan or non-stick pan, but there is nothing like the barbecue. Hamburgers need about 4 minutes per side, turning every 2 minutes to cook evenly and prevent burning.

For tomato jam:

750g tomatoes – a mixture of beef and plum works best.

Sugar 100 g

1 orange – zest and juice

1 lemon – zest and juice

1 star anise

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

coriander / 1 2tsp

1/2 teaspoon juniper berries

2 cardamom pods

2 cloves

1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1. Cut the tomatoes in half and scrape out the seeds. Cut into rough pieces and put in a pan with heavy base.

2. Place all the spices in a pan and toast over medium heat until fragrant. Allow to cool and then grind in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.

3. Add the ground spices, sugar, vanilla, lemon and orange zest and juice.

4. Heat slowly over low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then cook over medium heat stirring frequently. Due to the sugar content be careful not to burn, if it is too bubbly reduce heat.

5. Cook for about 45 minutes-1 hour. When the jam is made must cover the back of a wooden spoon very well.

6. Remove from heat, check seasoning and fresh.

This will keep well in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks or can be stored in jars as if it were normal jam. I find it delicious on sandwiches and cheese it never lasts long in the refrigerator at home.