Casablanca Burgers

casablanca burgers
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons harissa or red chili paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint (a generous handful)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 8 ounces coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 crusty rolls, split


Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Combine the lamb, harissa, garlic, lemon peel, coriander, cumin and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper. Form into 4-inch patties and drizzle with EVOO. Grill the patties, turning once, for 7 minutes for medium-rare.

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mint, scallions and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the 3 tablespoons EVOO and the vinegar. Add the coleslaw mix and red onion and toss; season with salt and pepper.

To serve, place a pile of slaw on each roll bottom, then top with a burger, yogurt sauce and a roll top. Serve extra slaw on the side.