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Mediterranean Burgers

(Family Features) With the simple addition of an unexpected ingredient, you can capture the adventurous spirit of summer at the dinner table with a health-smart variation on traditional summertime dishes.

Hummus is an excellent replacement for mayonnaise or other sauces on a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Fresh and creamy, it is made from a blend of chickpeas, tahini (ground sesame), and a variety of herbs and spices.

Aside from the classic hummus, which pairs well with pita crisps or veggies for a simple summer entertaining appetizer, there are a variety to choose from that are inspired by flavors for the world.

Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Pine Nut and Spinach & Artichoke are popular options that can be used in a variety of dishes such as chicken salad or as a healthy dip or spread.  Or, for more adventurous palates, Sabra recently introduced two new flavors: Basil Pesto and Buffalo Style, a worldly take on an American favorite.

With so many varieties available, there is plenty of room to experience new flavors and create unique authentic dishes with minimal effort. As a starting point, try Mediterranean Burgers with Hummus, which can be prepared indoors or out.

Experiment with different hummus flavors to create a whole new taste each time. Or if you're entertaining, provide your guests with several options so each can create their own worldly adventure.

For more recipes featuring hummus, visit www.sabra.com.

Mediterranean Burgers

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced mint
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large pickle sliced thinly in rounds
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato (thinly sliced into rounds)
  • 1/2 cup Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (choose your favorite style)
  • 8 hamburger buns, (split and lightly toasted)

Preparation
    1. In medium bowl, combine ground beef or lamb, spices, lemon juice, onion and egg. With wet hands shape into 8, 3 1/2-inch patties.
    2. In large grill pan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Grill burgers until nicely browned on each side, about 3 to 4 minutes. (Or, use a traditional grill to cook patties.) Spread a layer of hummus on the bottom bun. Top with burger, sliced pickles, lettuce and sliced tomato. Spread more hummus on the top bun. Assemble sandwich and enjoy.

Active Time
20 minutes

Serves
Yield 8 small burgers or 6 large burgers

SOURCE: Sabra


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