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Kofta Burger with Chermoula Mayo
and carrot salad

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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. We last featured this meal in 2020.
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.
Cooking methods: We've included instructions for the grill or stovetop. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
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 Thursday’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 Thursday’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 (42)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

Made it with turkey since that's what we had and this was delicious! The chermoula is such a good sauce, definitely keeping some of that around for other meals. Subbed pickles for the cucumbers and that was the perfect final touch.

By: Olu
Posted: May 25, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

18 reviews

Yummy!

By: Alice
Posted: Jul 23, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Delicious! Weekend meal prep made this super fast. Burger flavor was great. Doubled dressing for carrot salad and used sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts. It was good.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jun 24, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Sauce was good. My immersion blender and Ninja blender did not work well enough to create a smooth sauce. Flavor was good but it was chunky. Time for a real food processor maybe.

By: Jeanne
Posted: Jun 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Could have done without the carrots, but the rest of the meal was amazing and super easy. Keeper.

By: Meghan
Posted: May 30, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The lentil burgers were fantastic, and super quick to put together. I had to be more patient than my default waiting for them to brown, but that’s me, not the recipe. Would totally eat again, and play with the spice profile for funsies.

By: Jackie
Posted: May 29, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

the sauce was excellent. We loved the flavors of the burger and the carrot salad.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 29, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful