Burgers do not need to be unhealthy snack food. This burger is full of goodness with lamb mince flavoured with Lebanese seven spice mix. Delicious with sweet potato chips cooked in the Air Fryer, and a simple salad.
For the burgers
- Coconut oil
- 500 gr minced lamb
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp coriander stalks, finely chopped
- 2 – 3 mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp Lebanese 7 spice powder
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- Freshly grounded black pepper
- Fresh coriander to garnish, roughly chopped
- A few salad leaves
- Olive oil
For the portobello “buns”
For the sumac onions
- Coconut oil
- 2 red onions, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
- To make the burgers, combine all ingredients – apart from the coconut oil, fresh coriander, salad leaves and olive oil – in a large bowl and mix with your hands until everything is well combined.
- Wet your hands and form medium sized patties.
- Place the patties on a lightly oiled plate and store in the fridge for about 30 minutes so they can firm up a little.
- While the burgers are in the fridge, slice the onions and garlic and put aside.
- Preheat the oven onto 200 degrees celsius.
- Destem the portobello mushrooms and lightly brush them with a little coconut oil.
- Sprinkle them with sea salt, pepper and some za’atar spice mix.
- Heat some coconut oil in a large skillet and fry the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your burger and your liking.
- In the meantime, place the portobellos in the oven and bake for around 7 minutes or until a bit soft and tender. Make sure they do not burn!
- When your burgers are ready, place them on a plate and leave them to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- While the burgers are resting, use the same skillet as you used for the burgers to fry your sumac onions. Let the pan cool of slightly, then add a little more coconut oil. Add the onions and cook them for 5 to 7 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add a generous amount of sumac and stir through.
- To arrange, place a few salad leaves on a plate and sprinkle with a little olive oil. Place a portobello on the salad leaves and top with a burger. Add the onions on top of the burger and garnish with a few coriander leaves. Sprinkle everything with a little more olive oil, serve with kumara chips and enjoy!
About Lebanese seven spice powder
Lebanese 7 spice powder is a blend of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, group fenugreek, and ginger. All of these spices are readily available in most supermarkets.
If you are unable to find it in your asian food store, then we have also included a recipe for Lebanese 7 spice mix for you to make yourself
Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Beirut – The Rip Tide