Middle Eastern Spiced Burger Recipe

A plate with a middle eastern spiced burger
Anita Schecter
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Burgers (serves 4)

A hamburger should be more than ground beef! This burger takes many of the classic spices of middle eastern cooking such as cumin, coriander, and oregano and mixes them into the beef along with garlic, salt, and pepper. It has a touch of baharat, but you can skip it or substitute a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. The result is a burger that is well flavored inside and out!


  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Ground beef (either 85% or 90% lean)
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baharat (optional but adds a sweet, smoky flavor)
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 Cup peppery greens such as arugula or spinach
  • 4 oz. Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 Cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 Cup tahini sauce
  • 4 Hamburger buns or your favorite rolls

Steps to Make It

  1. Add the ground beef, ground cumin, garlic powder, ground coriander, dried oregano, black pepper, salt, and baharat, if using, to a bowl. Mix well (clean hands work best for this) and form into 4 equal sized patties.

  2. Place the patties on your grill pan (indoor or outdoor) and cook the burgers to your desired doneness. Assemble the burgers on the buns and top with an equal number of the greens, crumbled feta cheese, red onion and tahini sauce.