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Mexican-Style Lamb Burgers … I was really really really just craving a burger …

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I mean really craving a burger. Ever since Zach and I decided to cut back on our meat intake to once or twice a week, I’ve been craving one. I’m dead serious. Now that it’s the weekend. It’s time to splurge! … and splurge in the form of Mexican-style lamb burgers we did. Did I mention that I am absolutely in love with Sprout’s Markets. Yes, I am truly truly in love. The most amazing part is, we live literally in walking distance to one now. I know exactly where their meat comes from. They only sell the freshest and their prices aren’t totally out of control! Imagine that! They had some delicious looking lamb in the meat case, so we jumped right in. Literally, I basically had to fish Zach out. He’s heavy.


We had such a beautiful week and the weekend is supposed to be much of the same, which basically has me dreaming of grilled food. Also, it’s supposed to snow on Tuesday. Yup, that’s right. Apparently there’s this huge weather system moving into our area which is going to cool things down and bring on some of our favorite snowy stuff. Bye bye beautiful 70 degree weather. Hopefully it will heat up again quickly. I am so ready for some real Spring weather. We have to soak in as much of this great weather as possible, and I can think of no better way to do this than grilling up some juicy burgers.

With that, the snow can go away until next year please. Thanks.

Juicy, delicious burgers!

We are going with a beer that’s crisp and totally satisfying for this beer pairing for two reasons. This is a Mexican-style burger with Mexican-style flavors, and it’s a burger. A burger is like taking a bite out of sunshine (well it is to me at least). We decided to go with Goose Island’s Summertime. Summertime is a German Style Kölsch. It is extremely refreshing and light, yet still full of flavor. With the Spring and Summer months approaching, there will be times where we go with a lighter, more Summer-like beer. This is especially the case when we are making Summer-like dishes. There aren’t very many Summer beers that we gravitate towards. They are usually TOO light. This one is pretty solid though, so when it hits your shelves, try it out!

If you plan on making the fried tortilla strips yourself, which I totally recommend doing, I would suggest cutting up a flour (or corn tortilla) into strips. We used flour because that’s what we had at the time. They worked fabulously, especially since our go-to is usually corn and we don’t often cook with the flour ones. Heat some vegetable or canola oil over medium high heat in a deep skillet. I would say to fill the skillet up with 1/2 – 1 inch of the oil up the side of the pan. Heat to about 350 degrees and fry up your strips until they are crispy and slightly browned. If you go too far they will for sure burn, so keep an eye on them, turning them ever so often. I find this to be the easiest method for frying strips, and we fry a lot…I mean a…lot.


If you plan on using store-bought, that’s totally fine also. We often just crush up tortilla chips and put them on just about everything. This works fantastically.

I’m going to leave it at that today. We are painting and cleaning and doing all kinds of fun stuff today! Enjoy the weekend!




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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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