Spiced mini burgers with couscous salad

>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Starving when I arrived home from work after a killer lunchtime pilates class, I needed something quick, quick, quick before I passed out right there on my kitchen floor.  I wanted something that took less than 20 minutes to make but was still delicious so spiced mini burgers with a refreshing couscous salad made the table. 

The ingredient list included:

1 box plain couscous
1 pound ground lean beef
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 scallions, sliced
4 plum tomatoes, quartered
1 seedless cucumber, cut into half moons
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Your favorite hummus

Cook the couscous according to the package directions.

Form the beef into 12 small 1/2-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with the cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to the desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.

Toss the couscous with the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 

Serve the cute little burgers over the couscous salad with a side of hummus.  Try the hummus on the burger.. it's divine!  Enjoy!!


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