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Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Feta and Carrot Slaw

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

These burgers come packed with aromatic flavor thanks to cumin, fresh ginger, mint, and harissa, a spicy North African condiment. If you can’t find harissa, try a mild Thai curry paste for a slightly different flavor.


  • 1 lb. ground chicken (preferably not 100% breast meat)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbs. harissa
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 medium carrots, grated on the large holes of a box grater or cut into thin strips with a julienne peeler
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice; more to taste
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed
  • 4 mini whole-wheat pitas, slit open
  • 1-1/2 oz. crumbled feta (1/3 cup)
  • Vegetable oil for grilling

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 360
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 170
  • Fat (g): 19
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 110
  • Sodium (mg): 730
  • Carbohydrates (g): 23
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 26


  • Prepare a medium (350°F to 375°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.
  • With your hands, gently mix the chicken, onion, 1 Tbs. of the mint, the harissa, ground cumin, ginger, and 3/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl. With wet hands, form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  • Toss the remaining 2 Tbs. mint with the carrots, lemon juice, sugar, cumin seed, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Season to taste with more lemon juice and salt.
  • Oil the grill grate and grill the burgers, flipping once, until cooked through (165°F), 8 to 10 minutes total. Serve the burgers in the pitas along with the feta and slaw.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • Shopfoodie | 04/11/2021

    This recipe is awesome! I have made this several times and it’s always a hit. I have used ground chicken and ground turkey and both were equally as good. The Harissa paste has such wonderful flavors. For those that don’t like spicy, harissa paste may not be for you.

  • butterscotch | 09/25/2017

    I'm all in favor of the Middle Eastern burger concept but I won't be making this recipe again. I found the harissa much too harsh. The carrot salad is nice, though, and can be recycled for other uses.

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