Baharat-Spiced Lamb Burgers

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North African and Middle Eastern inspired Baharat Spice Blend makes a deliciously complex and authentic seasoning option for lamb burgers. Baharat is built on paprika and cumin with subtle hints of clove and nutmeg.

 

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Serves: 4


 
 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt 

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Mint 

  • 3/4 Teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt Flakes, plus more to taste 

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Lean Ground Lamb 

  • 1 Small Onion, chopped 

  • 3/4 Fresh Breadcrumbs 

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced 

  • 1 Tablespoon Baharat Spice Blend

  • 1 Large Tomato, cut into 6 slices 

  • 1 Small Cucumber, sliced on the bias 

  • 3 Tablespoons Picked Fresh Cilantro Leaves 

  • 6 Pita Breads

Directions

  1. Stir together yogurt, mint and salt to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. Combine lamb, onion, breadcrumbs, garlic, Baharat Spice Blend and 3/4 teaspoon salt, and mix thoroughly using hands. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, and form each into oval patty about 5 inches long.

  3. Preheat grill or grill pan to high heat. Grill burgers over direct heat, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer burgers to plate, and place pitas on grill over indirect heat (or reduce heat under grill pan to medium-high). Let pitas warm and char very slightly, but remove before they turn crispy.

  4. To assemble burgers, slice off about 1-1/2 inches from top of each pita bread, and spread insides of pocket with yogurt sauce. Slide tomato slice, a few cucumber slices and some cilantro leaves into pita bread, and add lamb patty.