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.
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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.
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!
Substituted curry paste and basil for harissa and.mint.
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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