Spiced Beef Patties with Couscous

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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2 carrots, finely grated

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped dried apricots or golden raisins

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups couscous (10 ounces)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons hot paprika

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

3 scallions, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Combine 2 cups water, half of the grated carrots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the dried apricots, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the couscous; cover and remove from the heat. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, half of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon paprika and a large pinch of salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine the ground beef, scallions, cumin, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining grated carrot and 1 teaspoon paprika in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until just combined. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick oval patties.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in the remaining cilantro. Serve the patties with the couscous and yogurt sauce.
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