This recipe—from a June 2008 Los Angeles Time article about outdoor grilling by the paper’s food editor, Russ Parsons—calls for a boneless leg of lamb. That compact cut cooks evenly on a grill and is easy to carve.
This recipe makes good use of spring’s fresh white asparagus. Hans Röckenwagner, a German chef based in Los Angeles, shared the recipe with us as part of Lori Zimring De Mori’s feature, “White Asparagus” (April 2000).
This dish is said to take its name from the "hamburger size" ladle that legendary Los Angeles chili parlor proprietor Ptomaine Tommy used decades ago to spoon chili over the open-face burgers he served.