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Cumin-Spiced Burgers with Harissa Mayo

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The Moroccan flavors in these burgers, shaped into ovals instead of the usual rounds. include cumin, harissa and garlic.
The sauce: a delectable mix of mayonnaise, caraway seeds and more harissa.


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20 Min
20 Min


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3 lb
ground chuck (or camel depending on your location)
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 c
plus 2 teaspoons harissa
2 1/2 tsp
ground cumin
2 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
dried thyme
large red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil
6-inch oval rolls, split
1 c
1 tsp
caraway seeds
tomato and cucumber slices

How to Make Cumin-Spiced Burgers with Harissa Mayo


  • 1In a large bowl, gently mix the ground chuck with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of the harissa, the cumin, garlic powder and thyme.

    Form the meat into eight 3/4-inch-thick oval patties.
  • 2In a medium bowl, toss the onion slices with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • 3Heat a grill pan.

    Cook the onions over moderate heat, turning once, until tender, about 10 minutes.

    Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  • 4Grill the burgers over moderately high heat, turning once, until medium, about 8 minutes.

    Grill the rolls until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  • 5Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise with the caraway and the remaining 2 tablespoons of harissa; season with salt and pepper.
  • 6Spread the mayo on the rolls.

    Top with the patties, onions, tomato and cucumber; close the sandwiches and serve.

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About Cumin-Spiced Burgers with Harissa Mayo

Course/Dish: Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Moroccan

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