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Middle Eastern Burger

Middle Eastern Turkey Burger, with bulgur wheat, tzatzki and onions
Author: Cynthia


  • 1 lb. ground turkey or lamb
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 med. onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
  • 11/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • a couple of pinches of nutmeg
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided.
  • Makes about 4 6 oz. burgers or 5 5 oz. burgers


  • Saute the onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until translucent, but not brown.
  • Soak the bulghur in the hot water for about 10 min. Squeeze out the excess water.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, including 1 tablespoon olive oil and mix with your hands, kneading and mixing the meat.
  • Saute a small portion to test for seasoning. Adjust if necessary
  • Form into patties and grill, turning once.
  • Serve inside a pita with onions, lettuce and tzatzki sauce.