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Green Harissa Turkey Burgers

Author: Gaby


For the Burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • burger buns
  • sliced cucumbers
  • crumbled feta

For the Green Harisaa

  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • water as needed


For the Burger

  • Combine the ground turkey, chopped onion, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper in a large bowl and combine until the spices are evenly dispersed.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal sections and form each section into a burger patty. Heat an indoor or outdoor grill over medium high heat and add the burgers to the grill. Grill the meat for 3-4 minutes on each side until fully cooked.
  • Remove from the grill and serve with a spoonful of green harissa sauce, a few sliced cucumbers and crumbled feta in a burger bun.

For the Harissa

  • Char the jalapeño over an open flame until blackened. Once charred, remove the jalapeño from the flame and set transfer to a cutting board. Trim to top off the pepper and remove the seeds.
  • Transfer the jalapeño into a food processor and add the cilantro, parsley, spinach, almonds, garlic, lemon juice and zest, cumin and olive oil. Pulse for 60 seconds until evenly combined. Drizzle in a few tablespoons of water to smooth it out until it has a consistency similar to pesto. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.