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Balkan Burgers

Source: Barbecue Bible
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
These flavorful patties are inspired by cevapcici (pronounced "che-VAP-chee-chee), the Balkan version of a hambuger. What makes them so extraordinarily flavorful is the combination of ground beef, pork, and veal. The baking soda helps lighten the burgers. This recipe has been adapted by Steven Raichlen from his book titled the Barbecue Bible.
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground veal or lamb
1/2 medium onion, grated or minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup beef stock or water
For Serving:
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 juicy ripe tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped pickled peppers
4 crusty rolls
Combine the beef, pork, veal, onion, dill, coriander, salt, pepper, cumin, baking soda, and beef stock in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Wet your hands in cold water. Form 4 burgers as described above and refrigerate on a plate wrapped with plastic wrap until grilling. Place the chopped vegetables in bowls with spoons.

Preheat the grill to high. Grill the burgers until cooked through and golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per side, turning with a spatula. Serve the burgers on rolls topped with spoonfuls of onion, tomato, and pickled pepper.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Workman Publishing. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 337
Fat. Total: 21g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 2g
Sodium: 1312mg
% Cal. from Fat: 56%
Cholesterol: 108mg
Protein: 33g
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