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Turkey & courgette burgers with spring onion & cumin

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500g minced turkey
1 large courgette, coarsely grated (about 200g in total)
40g spring onions, thinly sliced
1 medium free-range egg
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp chopped coriander
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
½ tsp course ground black pepper
½ tsp cayenne
about 100ml of sunflower oil for searing

Soured cream & sumac sauce:
100g soured cream
150g Greek yoghurt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1½ tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sumac
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

The creamy sumac sauce served with these burgers is fantastically sharp and will go well with most non-red meats (chicken sofrito, page 190, for example) and also with grilled vegetables and fritters. You can make it in advance, or double the quantity, and keep it refrigerated. After a day the flavours will mellow so you may want to reinvigorate it by adding extra sumac and lemon juice. The burgers are very portable. You can have them as a snack from the fridge and they are also ideal for taking over to friends or in a lunchbox for work.

Serves 4-6, makes about 18 burgers

(p 200, Jerusalem)


The method for this recipe is available in the book Jerusalem, available to buy here.
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