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Fire and Spice Beef Burgers

Fire and Spice Beef Burgers

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Broil 11 mins

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Ground cinnamon, coriander and cayenne pepper spice up these beef burgers to give them flavors of East India. Serve them in pita rounds at a cookout.


  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander or mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef, lamb or pork
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno or hot pepper jelly
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 large pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
  • Thinly sliced cucumber (optional)
  • Plain yogurt (optional)


  1. Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, combine egg and bread crumbs. Stir in onion, the 2 tablespoons yogurt, salt, cinnamon, coriander and cayenne pepper. Add ground meat; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 oval patties, each about 5 inches long and 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Place patties on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 11 to 13 minutes or till done (160 degree F), turning meat after half of the boiling time, then brushing once with 2 tablespoons of the jalapeno jelly. Spoon remaining jelly over patties before serving. Serve burgers in lettuce-lined pita halves with cucumber slices and additional yogurt, if you like.


  • The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef burger cooked to 160 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a burger, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the burger to a depth of 2 inches.

Nutrition Facts

(Fire and Spice Beef Burgers)

Servings Per Recipe 4, vit. A (IU) 194, iron (mg) 4, pro. (g) 28, vit. C (mg) 2, carb. (g) 37, calcium (mg) 71, cal. (kcal) 410, fiber (g) 2, sodium (mg) 585, sat. fat (g) 6, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 125

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