Middle Eastern-style burgers
Middle Eastern-style burgers

Middle Eastern-style burgers

Preparation 15 minutes
Cooking time 10 to 12 minutes
Servings 4


  • 225 g (1/2 lb) lean ground lamb meat
  • 225 g (1/2 lb) ground veal
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) fresh coriander, chopped
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) fennel seeds, toasted
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) cumin seeds, toasted
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sesame (or multi-grain) buns
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) hummus
  • 4 slices of red onion
  • 8 thin slices of cucumber
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • A few lettuce leaves


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb and veal, garlic, coriander, fennel and cumin seeds.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the barbecue to medium-high heat.
  5. Brush clean and oil the grill. 
  6. Shape the meat mixture into 4 patties.
  7. Grill the patties for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.
  8. Toast the buns and spread with hummus.
  9. Place a patty on the bottom half of each bun.
  10. Top with a slice each of onion, cucumber and tomato and some lettuce.
  11. Serve immediately.


To add an exotic touch to your dish, try the condiments you can find in Middle-Eastern grocery shops, such as zaalouk, a tasty mix of roasted red peppers, eggplant and chilli pepper.

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