Kofta Burger recipe


  • ½ pound ground lamb
  • ½ pound lean, ground beef
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, soaked with water, squeezed dry
  • ½ small red onion, grated, and squeezed to remove liquid (reserve the other half for condiment)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ egg
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chili/ cayenne
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons mint, chopped
  • ½ cup roasted pistachios or almonds, chopped finely
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • Tahini:
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon cumin, ground
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tahini paste, at room temperature, stirred if separated
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cilantro leaves
  • 1 tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 pieces of Iceberg lettuce
  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • 10 mini brioche buns

Cooking Instructions

Combine the burger ingredients together. Chill for 5 minutes in the freezer.

Mince the parsley, cilantro, mint and chop the nuts. Mix into chilled burger mix.

Form meat into golf ball size balls. Using your finger, make a hole into the patty, add a small half teaspoon of feta, and form the meat around the feta. Gently form into 2-inch patties. Using your thumb, make a small dimple in the middle of the patty. Place on a slightly oil baking sheet.
Cooking the burger

Preheat oven to 375°F

Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear burgers 1 minute on each sides, drain on paper towels then transfer to a sheet pan. Transfer the burgers to the oven to finish cooking, about 4 minutes for medium rare.
Preparing the tahini

Mix together all ingredients in a blender, and pulse till it forms a smooth paste

Split and toast buns. Assemble burgers with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and a smear of tahini sauce.

02 Mar 2011     2314 views     NON-Vegetarian       Burgers > Beef

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