Monday, October 1, 2012

Middle Eastern Burgers Recipe

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The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The home of Hummus Recipes & Delicious Middle Eastern Recipes) invites you to try Middle Eastern Burgers Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Middle Eastern Burgers. 

Exotic-tasting spices and chopped prunes give Middle Eastern flair to these truly succulent burgers. Serve with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce, slices of ripe tomato, lettuce and sharp red onion.

4 servings

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


1/3 cup bulgur, (see Ingredient note)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water, divided
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion, (1 small)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup pitted prunes, finely chopped (2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
12 ounces lean ground beef
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 small whole-wheat pita breads


Preheat grill.

Combine bulgur with 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl; let soak until the bulgur is tender and most of the water has been absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and prunes; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Don't let the garlic burn. Stir in cumin, coriander and allspice; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add remaining 2 tablespoons water; cook until it is absorbed, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Combine beef, egg, salt, pepper, the onion-prune mixture and the bulgur in a mixing bowl; mix thoroughly. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Lightly oil the grill rack (hold a piece of oil-soaked paper towel with tongs and rub it over the grate). Grill the burgers over medium heat, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Warm pitas on the grill, if desired. Serve the burgers with the pitas.

Tips & Notes

Ingredient Note:
Fiber-rich bulgur is made from whole-wheat kernels that are precooked, dried and cracked. You can find it in natural-foods stores and large markets.


Per serving: (with 90%-lean beef): 339 calories; 12 g fat ( 4 g sat , 5 g mono ); 108 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 6 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 527 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (30% daily value), Fiber (24% dv), Iron (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 21/2 starch, 3 lean meat

From EatingWell: Summer 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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