Beef “Kofta” Burger With Minted-Cucumber Yogurt and Slaw

8 07 2014

These burgers are a riff on the popular Middle Eastern skewered meat, Kofta, which you may often see in the form of a kabob. The spiced beef paired with the mint and cucumber yogurt is awesome! Serve with whole wheat naan and a quick slaw for a super healthy dinner! Another creative meal thanks to the wonderful ingredients from our Fresh Fork Market share!

Beef "Kofta" Burger With Minted-Cucumber Yogurt and Slaw

The following serves 2 with leftovers (adapted from eat. live. travel. write):

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 lb organic ground beef
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, shredded and liquid squeezed out through a paper towel
  • 1 small carrot, julienned
  • 1 small beet, julienned
  • ½ cup julienned cabbage
  • ½ red onion, julienned
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Whole wheat naan, sliced

In a large bowl, combine the cilantro, green onions, beef, ground coriander, cumin, paprika, egg and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined, but don’t over mix. Form between 2 and 4 round burger patties (depends how big you want the patties). Using your thumb, press an indent into the center of each patty. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to grill.

For the slaw, combine half the cucumber, the carrots, beets, cabbage and red onion in a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice. Stir to combine and store covered in the fridge. Before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the burgers to your desired temperature. Grill the naan until warmed through and just beginning to char. Remove burgers from the grill and let rest. Remove naan.

Combine the yogurt, mint and the remaining cucumber. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve burgers on naan topped with some of the yogurt sauce and a side of slaw.
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7 responses

11 07 2014
Arlene

I am trying tonight! I will let you know how it goes!

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11 07 2014
Victoria Orban

Awesome, Arlene! Please do 🙂

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11 07 2014
arlenercurry

This was very good. I made the “slaw” the day before because I get home late. Both are good enough to split and do on their own. Thanks!

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11 07 2014
Victoria Orban

So glad to hear!

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21 07 2014
Allie

I made the burgers and slaw for dinner tonight. Absolutely delicious! My boyfriend was raving about the burgers! And, I ate beets and actually liked them! Now I know what to do with all my FFM beets. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is going to be one of my go to dishes.

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21 07 2014
Victoria Orban

Thanks, Allie! You just made my night! Love hearing that others make AND like my recipe ideas!! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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22 07 2014
Victoria Orban

PS Allie, I’m not sure if you’ve seen this recipe, but here’s another great way to use up our FF beets! https://thisgirlsgottaeat.com/2014/07/01/red-orzo-roasted-beets-and-greens-with-green-onion-brats/

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