Here’s another recipe I pulled out of an old issue of Real Simple. We were really pleased with it, I was surprised by how flavorful the mini-burgers were, and of course I loved the salad since I am a lover of all things couscous! This was such an easy meal to whip up, Tyler made the burgers and I made the salad. It was different than any other meal we’ve had before but it was so delicious! Definitely recommend it, make it with some fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers!
Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous Salad (from realsimple)
1 10-ounce box couscous (we used whole wheat)
1 pound ground beef
Kosher salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 scallions, trimmed and sliced
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
1 seedless cucumber, sliced into half-moons
3 tablespoons tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 8-ounce container hummus (optional)
Place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups hot tap water over the top. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Form the beef into 12 small 1/2-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the cumin, and oregano.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.
Combine the couscous, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining oil in a large bowl.
Divide among individual plates. Serve with the burgers and hummus, if desired.