Moroccan-Spice Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound frozen sweet potato fries

Kosher salt

1 3/4 teaspoons ras el hanout (Moroccan seasoning) or pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons harissa paste

3 cloves garlic, grated

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 sesame buns, split and toasted

Sliced tomatoes, baby arugula and pitted cured olives, for topping


  1. Bake the sweet potato fries as the label directs; season with salt and 1/4 teaspoon ras el hanout. Reduce the oven temperature to 250 degrees F and keep the fries warm in the oven. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise, harissa and 1 grated garlic clove in a small bowl; refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Combine the ground beef, parsley and the remaining 2 grated garlic cloves and 11/2 teaspoons ras el hanout in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until just combined. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick patties; season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare.
  3. Serve the burgers on the buns with a spoonful of the harissa mayonnaise and some sliced tomatoes, arugula and olives. Serve with the sweet potato fries and remaining harissa mayonnaise.
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