Sometimes you just need red meat. I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes during the week, because it’s easy, convenient and doesn’t require planning ahead (aka defrosting or purchasing meat). Stanbys include pasta, veggie chili, shakshuka and soup. But, sometimes I just want a burger. You get that, right? This recipe is not only easy, but effing delicious. The recipe calls for ground lamb, but I used ground beef. Cumin, coriander and cinnamon flavor the meat which sits between two flatbreads and is then grilled to juicy perfection. The beef cooks inside the flatbread creating a crunchy juicy burger scenario unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Please make these. They’re effing delicious.
Spiced Flatbread Burgers
Adapted from Bon Appetit
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 tbs coriander
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper
3 flatbreads or pitas
Mix the beef, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper in a large bowl. Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat brush with olive oil. Cut the flatbread into four triangles and place filling onto flatbread wedges and top with another wedge. I put about an inch of meat. Grill flatbread sandwiches until filling is cooked through and bread is crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Serve with Israeli salad.
OK – we couldn’t decide whether to make our panini maker meat or dairy. You just decided for us…
Hey Sara! We actually used our cast iron grill pan for these, but I definitely like the sound of a meat panini press!
What do you think about ground chicken for this? Or is that sacrilegious?
So here’s the thing, I think what makes this recipe so good is that the fat in the meat oozes out and creates a delicious crispy texture and flavor on the flatbread. Not sure if using a less fatty meat like turkey or ground chicken would really have the same desired effect. But, I appreciate your health-consciousness : )