Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous Salad

Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous Salad

Real Simple APRIL 2008

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 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)


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 598
  • Calories from fat: 41%
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 64mg
  • Sodium: 1163mg
  • Carbohydrate: 61g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 30g

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