Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lebanese Hamburgers

SOOOOO easy and SOOOOO good, these burgers make a great sidekick to hummus and some roasted veggies or tabbouleh salad.

1 lb of lean ground beef or lamb
1 finely chopped caramelized onion
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp paprika
pepper to taste
4-6 pita pocket breads

Mix together all of your ingredients except pita in a bowl.  Cut a one inch strip off the end of each round pita, creating an opening that you can stick your hand in (imagine a circle with a flat edge).  Gently, reach your hand in and loosen the two layers of bread from each other so that you now actually have a pocket with which to work. Divide your meat filling into 6-8 parts, depending on the number of pitas you will be stuffing.  With a gloved hand, or washed hand, whatever you like better, smear the meat stuffing evenly inside each whole pita.

Now, arrange your pitas on a griddle and cook, dry (no oil or butter) over low/medium heat for 8-10 minutes a side.  Cut each in half and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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