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Kofta Burger with Chermoula Mayo
and carrot salad

Active: 50 min Total: 50 min

Kofta is a mixture of ground meat that is seasoned with dried spices and rolled into meatballs or wrapped around skewers. It is often grilled. We took this concept and translated it to burgers that get crunch from fresh cucumbers and the cooling / creamy finish of an herby mayonnaise.
Smarts: You'll just need a bit of the herb sauce known as chermoula for tonight's meal. Set the rest aside to use later in the week.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Kofta Burger:
  • Beef, ground - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Cumin, ground - 3/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom, ground (opt) - 1/8 tsp
  • Chermoula (ingredients listed separately) - 2 Tbsp
  • Mayonnaise - 1/4 cup
  • Cucumbers - 6 oz, thinly sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Hamburger buns - 4
Chermoula (for 2 nights):
  • Parsley leaves - 3/4 cup
  • Cilantro leaves - 3/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Cumin, ground - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/8 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
Shredded Carrot Salad:
  • Carrots - 12 oz, shredded
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Harissa (opt) - 1 tsp ( sub any hot sauce)
  • Pine nuts - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Make chermoula - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating first. This makes enough for 2 nights.) Combine parsley leaves, cilantro leaves, lemon juice (portion for chermoula), vinegar, garlic, cumin (portion for chermoula), salt (portion for chermoula), and cinnamon (portion for chermoula) in the bowl of a food processor. (You can also do this with an immersion blender if you prefer.) Pulse / blend until herb leaves are finely chopped. Add olive oil (portion for chermoula) while blending. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Shred carrots - If you used the food processor to make chermoula, wipe it out and use the shredder attachment to shred carrots. (You can also use a box grater for this.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make burgers - Combine beef with cumin (portion for burgers), salt (portion for burgers), cinnamon (portion for burgers), garlic powder, black pepper, and cardamom. Form into 1" / 2.5 cm thick patties and make a depression in the center with your thumb (this will prevent them from rounding in the middle as they cook). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Make chermoula mayo - Whisk together chermoula (be sure to use only the portion for tonight’s meal; reserve the remainder for Wednesday’s meal) and mayonnaise.
  5. Make carrot salad - Whisk together lemon juice (portion for salad), olive oil (portion for salad), mustard, honey, and harissa. Add carrots and toss to coat. Season with some salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts.
  6. Cucumbers - Thinly slice cucumbers.

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 450F / 232C. Clean grates and brush with cooking oil.
  2. Season the outside of the burger patties with some salt and pepper.
  3. Place burger patties on heated grill and cook on one side until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking until cooked to your liking - 2 to 3 minutes more for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes more for medium, 5 to 6 minutes more for well-done.
  4. Toast hamburger buns.
  5. Assemble burgers by spreading buns with chermoula mayo and filling them with hamburger patties and cucumbers. Enjoy with carrot salad on the side.

Prep

  1. Make chermoula - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) Combine parsley leaves, cilantro leaves, lemon juice (portion for chermoula), vinegar, garlic, cumin (portion for chermoula), salt (portion for chermoula), and cinnamon (portion for chermoula) in the bowl of a food processor. (You can also do this with an immersion blender if you prefer.) Pulse / blend until herb leaves are finely chopped. Add olive oil (portion for chermoula) while blending. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Shred carrots - If you used the food processor to make chermoula, wipe it out and use the shredder attachment to shred carrots. (You can also use a box grater for this.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make burgers - Combine beef with cumin (portion for burgers), salt (portion for burgers), cinnamon (portion for burgers), garlic powder, black pepper, and cardamom. Form into 1" / 2.5 cm thick patties and make a depression in the center with your thumb (this will prevent them from rounding in the middle as they cook). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Make chermoula mayo - Whisk together chermoula (be sure to use only the portion for tonight’s meal; reserve the remainder for Wednesday’s meal) and mayonnaise.
  5. Make carrot salad - Whisk together lemon juice (portion for salad), olive oil (portion for salad), mustard, honey, and harissa. Add carrots and toss to coat. Season with some salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts.
  6. Cucumbers - Thinly slice cucumbers.

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Make

  1. Season the outside of the burger patties with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a grill pan or skillet with cooking oil over high heat. Add burger patties and cook on one side until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking until cooked to your liking - 2 to 3 minutes more for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes more for medium, 5 to 6 minutes more for well-done.
  3. Toast hamburger buns.
  4. Assemble burgers by spreading buns with chermoula mayo and filling them with hamburger patties and cucumbers. Enjoy with carrot salad on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (48)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (5)

40 reviews

LOVED this! Even my 5 year old ate 1.5 burgers which she wouldn't do usually. Next time I will make more burgers for left overs!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Oct 09, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Lots of steps, but this was really good

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 07, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the flavor of burgers, carrots and mayo.

By: Susan
Posted: Oct 01, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Made this with ground bison and precut matchstick carrots - loved it!

By: Natalie
Posted: Sep 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This took a bit longer than expected to prepare, but I really liked the flavors. I don’t usually love pulling out the food processor for a weeknight meal, but it actually worked great to use it for both the sauce and carrots here.

By: Melissa
Posted: Sep 08, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty. Carrot salad was huge. Could have used a little more dressing. But overall very good

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 02, 2020
Diet: Original
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