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