Middle Eastern Spiced Burger Recipe

A plate with a middle eastern spiced burger
Anita Schecter
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
723 Calories
41g Fat
36g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 723
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 946mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 306mg 24%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 764mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 pounds ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon baharat, optional

For the Toppings:

  • 4 large hamburger buns, or rolls

  • 1 cup arugula

  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1/4 cup tahini sauce

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 and mix well.

  2. Form into 4 equal-sized patties.

  3. Place the patties on your grill pan (indoor or outdoor) and cook the burgers to your desired doneness.

  4. Place the burgers on the buns. Divide the greens, crumbled feta cheese, red onion, and tahini sauce evenly between the burgers and serve immediately.


  • While the baharat is optional, we highly recommend using this as it adds a sweet and smoky flavor that is divine!