Merguez burgers with cucumber dressing

July 2, 2013 

Merguez burgers with cucumber dressing

Serves 4

Merguez is a spicy North African sausage, usually made with lamb.

• Ingredients:

• Burgers:

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

½ teaspoon coriander seeds

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1 pound ground lamb

2 minced garlic cloves

1 tablespoon harissa paste (or 1 teaspoon chili powder and ½ teaspoon paprika)

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

• Cucumber dressing:

3 sliced Kirby or pickling cucumbers

¼ cup Greek-style yogurt

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

• Instructions:

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Place the fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a mortar and crush with a pestle.

In a medium bowl, combine the spices with the ground lamb, garlic cloves, harissa paste, kosher salt and cayenne pepper.

Oil the grill grate or pan. Form the spiced meat into four 1½-inch thick patties and grill, turning once, until charred and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium doneness.

While the burgers are cooking, combine the cucumbers, yogurt and red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the burgers on rolls topped with the cucumber dressing.

Optional topping: tahini mixed with lemon juice, roasted red peppers and mint.

This recipe is from "Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals," by Caroline Wright (Workman, $12.95).

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