|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||37%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||15%|
|*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.|
Ground beef is rarely cooked without seasoning in Morocco, even when shaping kefta into large patties to serve as hamburgers. The addition of Moroccan spices and herbs to the meat helps transform a routine hamburger into a memorable meal. Grilling the meat will add even more flavor.
The recipe below reflects my preference for reducing standard kefta seasoning by about half when serving hamburgers with American toppings on soft rolls. If you'd like to try more intense Moroccan seasoning, follow the Kefta Kebabs Recipe and shape the meat into patties.
Serve the Moroccan hamburgers on Homemade Hamburger Rolls or Moroccan khobz with lettuce, tomato, and other toppings. Some suggestions are:
- Onions Mezqueldi
- Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salad
- Caramelized Onions
- Homemade Ketchup
- Homemade Mayonnaise
For best flavor, allow time for the seasoned hamburger mix to rest before cooking. It can be prepared a day in advance.
2 pounds (950 grams) ground beef, or half lamb, if desired
1 small onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated, optional
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or cayenne pepper
Steps to Make It
Mix all the ingredients together, kneading the mixture for a minute or two to evenly distribute the spices and herbs.
Cover and leave the seasoned ground beef to rest for an hour or longer before cooking.
Shape the meat into patties and grill over hot coals, turning once. (If you prefer, you can cook the hamburgers under a broiler, on a grill pan, or in a regular frying pan.)
Serve immediately with your choice of toppings.
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.