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Shawarma Burger

Eden Grinshpan

Is this what happens when your burger takes a Mediterranean vacation?



  • Burger:
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Brioche burger buns, split and toasted
  • Spiced yogurt:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Salad, to top:
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 lemon, juice and zested
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Mix all the burger ingredients in a bowl and shape into 6 patties. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers on the first side until browned, about 4-5 minutes, then flip and continue cooking the other side, another 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan.
  2. Make the yogurt sauce. Add olive oil to a small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and toast in the oil until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add yogurt to a mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil, toasted cumin seeds, curry powder, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
  3. Prepare the salad. Add the tomato, parsley, onion, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil in a bowl and toss. Season with salt to taste.
  4. To assemble, slather the toasted bun with the yogurt sauce, place the burger patty and salad on the bun, and sandwich with the top bun.