Spiced Beef Patties with Whole Grain Naan and Yogurt Sauce

7 01 2014

This Mediterranean approach to the burger is packed with herbs and spices. Serve it with Greek yogurt and whole grain pita or Naan for an all-around healthier meal.

Spiced Beef Patties with Whole Grain Naan and Yogurt Sauce

Spiced Beef Patties with Whole Grain Naan and Yogurt Sauce

The following makes 2-4 servings (adapted from Cuisine at Home):

For the sauce, combine:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp each chopped fresh mint and cilantro
  • 1 tsp each grated fresh garlic and ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the patties, mince:

  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp each black pepper and ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup each minced fresh mint and cilantro


  • 2-4 whole grain Naan flatbreads, warmed
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

For the sauce, combine yogurt, mint, cilantro, garlic, ginger and season with salt and pepper. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the patties, mince garlic, onion, and ginger in a food processor. Saute the aromatics with 1 and 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, cardamom and pepper flakes in oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until onion is softened and dry, about 5 minutes; cool.

Pulse ground sirloin in a food processor until fine, then mix with sautéed garlic-onion mixture, 1/4 cup mint, and 1/4 cup cilantro. Shape meat mixture in 10-12 patties. Sear patties in the same large skillet you used to cook the garlic-onion mixture over medium heat until browned on both sides and cooked to your likeness, about 8-10 minutes.

While the patties cook, warm the Naan in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

Serve patties on warmed Naan bread topped with sauce, mint leaves and cilantro sprigs.




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