Aromatic Burgers with Tahini

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As a child I could hardly eat anything without tahini sauce. I still love it as a dip or sauce on nearly everything. Tahini paste makes really great sweets as well. Like the all time favourite tahini pie, or tahini cinnamon rolls. But its also great as an ingredient in savory dishes like falafel or, in this case, burgers. It adds flavor and binds the mixture together. I seasoned them with cumin as it works so well with tahini and plenty of pepper. I served them with –what else?- tahini sauce!

Ingredients

  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 500 grams pork mince
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped (about 1 large)
  • 3 Tbs tahini paste
  • 3 Tbs pine nuts
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne
  • 1 egg
  • salt to taste
  • a little olive oil for brushing
  • tahini sauce to serve

 

Method

Put all ingredients in a bowl, except the olive oil. Wear gloves if you have to and mix everything together with your hands. Form 10 burgers, about ½ cup of the mixture each.

Light up the grill on medium. Brush patties with olive oil and grill 14-15 minutes, turning once.

Serve with tahini sauce.

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