Kafta Burgers

Check it out!  Kafta is a very traditional dish from Lebanon. Since I am from Lebanon, I grew up eating this but in other ways such as baked in pan with potatoes, onions, and tomatoes…I decided to put a modern twist on it and give a twist on basic burgers. Here’s the recipe.

Kafta Burgers
Servings: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooke time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup curly parsley (finely chopped)
1 pounds ground turkey (or beef or chicken)
½ cup onion (diced)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp allspice
1.5 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
¼ cup bread crumbs (only if using chicken/turkey; don’t need for beef)
1 medium tomato (sliced in rounds)
4 buns
Cucumber sauce:
1 clove garlic (minced or pressed using a garlic press)
1 cup yogurt (Greek yogurt preferably, but regular yogurt is fine)
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup shredded cucumber (after water has been pressed out)
salt and pepper (to taste)

Heat outdoor grill on medium. (If you do not have a grill, you can just use a grill pan or skillet on the stovetop.)


Mix ground meat, chopped parsley, diced onion, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and allspice in a bowl. Once mixed, form into 4 patties. Press thumb into middle to form a slight indention to keep burgers from puffing up.

Grill for about 7 minutes on each side.

Grating cucumber
Squeezing out the excess water from the grated cucumber with a paper towel
Squeezing out the excess water from the grated cucumber
Mixing cucumber sauce ingredients
Mixing cucumber sauce ingredients

While the burgers are grilling, mix together the cucumber sauce ingredients and set aside.
Lightly grill the buns to heat through. Once burgers are done, place on them on the bun, top with tomato and cucumber sauce.

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