Middle Eastern food is probably my greatest weakness. I tried my hand at other burgers, and when I found this recipe, well, how could I resist. These were VERY good.
Kefta (confession – I used ground turkey; recipe called for beef and lamb)
16 ounces ground turkey breast
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 small onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled
8 pitted green olives (Israeli are the BEST)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place turkey and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently combine until incorporated. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
Transfer the meat to a colander and press to squeeze out excess moisture. Place onion, garlic, and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Add to the marinated meat along with oil, cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.
Position rack in upper third of oven, preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it. Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 2 1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick. Place on wire rack.
Broil patties until brown and cooked through, 8 – 10 minutes.