Dish of the Week: Botiwalla Lamb Burgers
By Henri Hollis
Let’s face it: lamb burgers are in a bit of a rut. They show up often on menus, yet they all seem to pull from the same pool of Mediterranean flavors. Feta, olives, cucumber and tzatziki sauce commonly top lamb patties. These high-potential burgers have somehow been painted into a cultural corner.
Enter the Botiwalla Lamb Burgers, found at the Ponce City Market space operated by the team behind Chai Pani. These little slider-sized burgers, two to an order, practically crackle with electricity compared to typical lamb burger offerings. Botiwalla’s lamb patties are seasoned with cumin, ginger, chiles, mint and cilantro, then topped with desi slaw, green chutney and Maggi ketchup.
The wonderful thing about Botiwalla’s lamb burgers is that they feel new and exciting, yet taste so familiar. Lamb takes exceptionally well to Indian cooking so none of the flavors are a surprise, but they are a delight. Spicy, messy and fun to eat, Botiwalla might have found just the right recipe to pull lamb burgers out of their rut for good.
Botiwalla. 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. 470-225-8963, botiwalla.com.