Middle Eastern burgers

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PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

4 servings

* PLUS Barbecuing Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 g ground beef , lamb or a mixture of both
  • 1 onion , very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley , or coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 4 pita
  • dollop of tzatziki , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat barbecue and lightly oil grill. Place meat in a bowl. Sprinkle with onion, parsley, and seasonings. Pour in beaten egg. Work meat mixture until ingredients are distributed. Divide into 8 oblong burgers about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick. Use right away or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Grill burgers until golden, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. Meanwhile, shred lettuce and chop tomato and cucumber. Grill pitas about 1 minute per side, then slice 1 end open. Stuff 2 burgers into each pita and top with lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Add a dollop of tzatziki or drizzle with harissa or tahini sauces, if you like.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 394,
  • Protein
  • 29.5 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.04 g,
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.8 g,
  • Sodium
  • 578 mg.

Spiced with cumin, coriander, cayenne and parsley, this Mediterranean meat mixture has an intriguing taste.

Sauces

Tzatziki is a refreshing thick yogurt, cucumber and garlic sauce. Harissa is a very bot red pepper sauce. Tahini, a mild sesame seed paste, is similar to peanut butter in texture. Use creamy tzatziki liberally, but spicy harissa sparingly, both right out of the container.