Middle Eastern Spiced Burger

Middle Eastern Spiced Burger
Anita Schecter
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Burgers (serves 4)
Ratings (14)

Burgers happen a lot around here in the summer. The rest of the year I mostly confine it to the occasional cheeseburger and fries diner treat but, in summer, the lure of the grill is strong.

The nice thing about making them more often is that I have more freedom to get creative with the types of burgers, toppings, condiments, sides, etc. And that includes different additives to the meat itself. If I have any complaint about regular burgers it's that it's usually all about the toppings but the burgers themselves are plain. Don't get me wrong because there's nothing I dislike about a regular burger with cheese and bacon but it's nice to also add some flavor to the ground beef itself.

I've heard people complain that once you start mixing things into the burger, you essentially have a mini meatloaf on your hands. I don't actually think I'd mind a mini meatloaf patty but I also don't fully agree with this premise. One of my summer favorites is a burger with plenty of Worcestershire sauce mixed into the ground beef and then topped with caramelized onions (that also have Worcestershire sauce). So why not take it a step further and fully season the beef from the inside out?

I took many of the classic spices of Middle Eastern cooking such as cumin, coriander and oregano and mixed them in to the beef along with garlic, salt and pepper. I added a touch of baharat because I had some on hand but you can skip it or substitute a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. The result was a burger that was well flavored inside and out!

What You'll Need

  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Ground beef (either 85% or 90% lean)
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baharat (optional but adds a sweet smoky flavor)
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 Cup peppery greens such as arugula or spinach
  • 4 oz. Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 Cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 Cup tahini sauce
  • 4 Hamburger buns or your favorite rolls

How to Make It

  1. Add the ground beef, ground cumin, garlic powder, ground coriander, dried oregano, black pepper, salt and baharat, if using, to a bowl. Mix well (clean hands work best for this) and form into 4 equal sized patties.
  2. Place the patties on your grill pan (indoor or outdoor) and cook the burgers to your desired doneness. Assemble the burgers on the buns and top with an equal number of the greens, crumbled feta cheese, red onion and tahini sauce.