Maghrebi Spice Infused Burger

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Dive into the rich flavors of North Africa with this unique Maghrebi Spice Infused Burger recipe. Infused with spices commonly used in the region, this burger brings a delightful twist to the classic American dish, blending the warmth of cumin, the earthiness of coriander, and a hint of spicy harissa for heat. Perfect for anyone looking to explore global cuisines right from their grill.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving: Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground lamb or beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat preference)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, red onion rings
  • Optional: tzatziki or a yogurt-based sauce for serving

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, garlic, red onion, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, parsley, harissa paste, salt, and pepper. Mix until just combined—be careful not to overmix to keep the burgers juicy.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each into a burger patty. Create a slight indent in the center of each patty with your thumb to help them cook evenly.
  3. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  4. Let the burgers rest for 5 minutes after cooking. This helps redistribute the juices throughout the burger.
  5. Assemble the burgers on the toasted buns with your choice of lettuce, tomato, onion, and a dollop of tzatziki or yogurt-based sauce if using.

Notes:

Feel free to customize the toppings to your preference. A drizzle of extra harissa mixed with mayonnaise can add an extra spicy kick. For a more authentic North African touch, serve with a side of couscous salad or grilled vegetables.

Nutritional Information (per serving, based on USDA data):

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sodium: 600 mg

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