Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom

Yield: Serves 4
Total: 40 Minutes


1/2 cup salted roasted pistachios
3/4 cup coarsely chopped onion, plus 4 onion slices (1/4 in. thick)
1 large egg white, whisked to blend
1/2 pound ground lamb
1/2 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon baharat* (Arabic spice blend)
2 teaspoons black pepper
4 to 5 tsp. Aleppo pepper*, divided
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups cherry or pear tomatoes (any color)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 hamburger buns, split
Butter lettuce leaves


1. Soak 8 bamboo skewers (8 in.) in water for half an hour.

2. Heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Coarsely grind pistachios in a food processor, then pour into a bowl. Whirl chopped onion in processor until smooth and add to nuts along with egg white, meat, baharat, black pepper, 2 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, and the salt. Mix with your hands. Shape into 4 patties, 1/2 in. thick.

3. Thread tomatoes lengthwise onto skewers. Combine mayonnaise, 1 to 2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, and the lemon juice and set aside. Brush onion slices with oil.

4. Grill burgers, tomatoes, and onion slices, turning once, until burgers are cooked through (6 to 8 minutes total), and vegetables are charred (3 to 5 minutes). Transfer to a platter as done. Grill buns cut side down until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Spread buns with mayo. Toss onions with a little Aleppo pepper. Build burgers with lettuce, onions, and some tomatoes from skewers; serve the rest on the side.
*Find in the spice aisle or at

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
Calories: 598
Calories from fat: 54%
Protein: 32g
Fat: 36g
Saturated fat: 8.6g
Carbohydrate: 39g
Fiber: 6.1g
Sodium: 925mg
Cholesterol: 81mg

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