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The idea here is to keep the meat as it is – straight, sweet and beautiful – then use a dry rub to add lovely layers of flavour. For me, the whole point of celebration food is to take something really comfortable and do something surprising with it.
For the dry rub, pound all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar until combined.
Divide the minced lamb into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball then squash into a burger, about 1.5cm thick. Pat some of the rub all over the burgers then drizzle over a tiny bit of olive oil. Cook on your barbecue or in a griddle pan for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking. Don’t worry if you think they look burnt, that’s just a combination of the spices, the caramelizing lamb fat and the smoke. When the burgers are nearly ready, toast the baps on the side of the barbecue or griddle.
Spoon the yoghurt into a bowl and dollop the harissa on top. Squeeze over a little lemon juice to loosen, then ripple the harissa through the yoghurt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
To serve, spread some harissa yoghurt on the toasted buns, top with the burgers and squash them into the buns. Add some more yoghurt, then squeeze the remaining lemon juice over a few mint leaves and place on top.
For the salad, place the lettuce leaves, mint and edible flowers in a bowl, dress with the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and tap over the pomegranate seeds to add little capsules of sweetness. Delicious!
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