I am trying to eat healthier these days.  The word “healthier” means different things to many of us.  For me, I’m attempting to exercise control when it comes to portion size and cut down on processed sugar and carbohydrates (I actually turned down ice cream last night!).  It’s also, finally summer in Seattle, so perhaps, the plates naturally get a lighter makeover.

Last night for dinner I decided to make these Lamb Burgers with Pesto  to go along with a Watermelon Salad with Feta, Basil and Balsamic Glaze (inspired by this similar watermelon salad).  Dinner was a hit! The plates looked vibrant with jeweled cubes of watermelon, sprinkled with ribbons of basil and little morsels of feta cheese.  The lamb burgers turned out especially flavorful, most likely because of the fresh homemade pesto I used.  If you don’t have pesto on hand, feel free to add minced garlic, chopped basil and a touch of oil to the burger mix.
Let’s get cooking!


1 pound ground lamb
2 tablespoons pesto (best if you have homemade pesto)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
salt and pepper to taste
nonstick oil spray

1.  Combine lamb and spices in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Do not over mix or your burgers will come out very tough.
2.  Shape the lamb mixture into 4 burger patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
3.  Lightly grease a nonstick pan or a griddle and heat over medium high.
4.  Cook burgers 4-5 minutes on each side or to your own desired doneness.
What are you serving these days to lighten up your summer meals?