A couple years ago, I decided to start my first herb garden. Well, technically it wasn't my first- I planted an entire herb garden outside our old townhome in Toronto and then promptly moved to Rhode Island for the summer, whoops. When I returned, I had a beautiful field of mint alongside a whole bunch of sad, dried-out basil. This time, I wanted to do it- for real. So off I went to the garden store with my kiddo, we picked out a few choice herbs, grabbed some potting soil and planted. We had a wonderful couple of weeks with that cilantro, parsley and basil until it, too died. Whomp whomp. This year we smartened up, called my dad (a master gardener, in my eyes) on the way to the garden store and ACTUALLY KEPT SOME HERBS ALIVE. Hallelujah. The only problem? I let my four year old pick the varieties and of course she decided to choose varieties that were way more cool than just plain parsley and cilantro (though I did later convince her of some parsley, basil and dill). She liked pineapple sage and lemon thyme, instead. I agreed- wondering what the heck I was going to do with lemon thyme?! This. This is what I ended up doing with lemon thyme and I am so thankful for my kid's adventurous spirit. But no worries if you don't have a big batch of lemon thyme growing on your balcony- lemon zest and regular ol' thyme have the same effect.
I use pork for this burgers to mix it up a bit- and because, have you ever used ground pork in a burger?! Think of breakfast sausage, without the fennel. Yum. Make sure to choose a pastured variety- pork is one of the least cared for meats, so quality is important. You could also sub turkey, if you prefer, or lamb, to stick with the greek theme.
These are perfect for a warm summer night- we served them with a greek-inspired massaged kale salad.
Lemon Thyme + Feta Pork Burgers
1 lb pastured ground pork 1 egg
2 tbsp lemon thyme or 2 tbsp thyme + 1/2 tsp lemon zest (less if you prefer it less lemony)
4 tbsp crumbled feta cheese (optional) 6 tbsp almond flour 1 small clove garlic, minced pinch sea salt (more if you choose to leave out feta; about 1/2 tsp)
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 4-5 patties.
2. Sear or grill for 4-5 minutes per side until cooked through.
Tell me: what are you growing in your garden, this year?!