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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 (4 reviews)

  • 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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    Leila215 | 07/14/2017

    These burgers were soooo good! I altered the burger recipe a bit- added some cilantro and ras el hanout spice (in addition to the mint and cumin). As for the slaw, it was delicious cool, crunchy compliment to the heat in the juicy burgers. I doubled the number of carrots and used just a 1tsp of sugar. My carrots were already sweet and I personally felt the recipe didn't need the entire 2tsps. I've made carrots slaws before I just don't care for a lot of added sugar! We also added some tomatoes and cucumbers to our pitas. For leftovers, my husband continued to make pita sandwiches and I turned the meal in burger/slaw salad bowls with some greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and cilantro.
    We will definitely be making these again!

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    webber | 04/12/2016

    Substituted curry paste and basil for harissa and.mint.

  • user-3639573 | 02/05/2015

    Made these last night and they were fantastic. Juicier than normal burgers. I will definitely make these again. I served with a greek salad and homemade pita chips.

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