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Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous Salad

Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce box couscous
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced into half-moons
  • 3 tablespoons tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 8-ounce container hummus (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 598
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • fat 28 g
  • satfat 7 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • sodium 1163 mg
  • carbohydrate 61 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • protein 30 g

How to Make It

  1. Place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups hot tap water over the top. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

    Form the beef into 12 small 1/2-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the cumin, and oregano.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.

    Combine the couscous, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining oil in a large bowl.

    Divide among individual plates. Serve with the burgers and hummus, if desired.

    Upgrade: Turn this dinner into a Mediterranean feast by using ground lamb instead of ground beef and stirring 1/4 cup crumbled Feta into the salad.