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Hamra Harvest Burger

Hamra Harvest burger - Pumpkin Humus

Time for a city trip to the hip streets of Beirut! Let's take a stop in Hamra street to taste this modern Lebanese style Hamra Harvest Burger, combining autumn harvested pumpkin with the southern influences of Beirut. This burger will bring the indian summer to your tastebuds. It might sound hard to make, but it's not! Just give it a try. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

For the Burgers

  • Burger
  • 4 beefburgers
  • 8 tsp Libanese Rub or at taste
  • 4 Tbsp pumpkin Humus
  • pine nuts at taste
  • fresh sage at taste
  • 1 Tbsp baked shiitake or at taste

Pumpkin Humus

  • 300 gram pumpkin
  • 30 gram walnuts
  • 10 leaves sage
  • 2 tsp ginger powder
  • juice of a half lime
  • salt and pepper at taste
  • chili powder at taste
  • Sumak optional

Baked shiitake

  • 200 gram shiitake
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Libanese Rub

  • 10 parts freshly ground pepper
  • 10 parts cumin powder
  • 10 parts paprika powder
  • 5 parts cloves
  • 5 parts dried cilantro
  • 2 parts nutmeg powder
  • 2 parts cinnamon powder
  • 1 part cardemon powder

Instructions

Libanese rub

  1. Mix all ingredients for the libanese rub by hand. Sprinkle the rub on the burgers and rub them on both sides (about 1 tsp./side). Put the burgers back in the fridge.

Pumpkin Humus

  1. Cut the pumpkin in cubes or slices from +- 1cm thick. Pour some oil flavored with ginger powder and freshly cut sage over the pumpkin slices and sprinkle with salt. 

  2. Heat your BBQ for a direct cooking session at medium heat (+-200°C/400°F)

  3. Roast the pumpkin until done. Watch out it doesn't burn or you'll have a bitter taste in your spread.

  4. Add the walnuts, lemon juice, 1tsp oil, chili pepper, salt and pepper at taste.

  5. Mix the pumpkin mixture to a Humus like texture. Taste and add some more ingredients at taste. When the mixture is to dry you can add some olive oil to make it smooth like silk. 

Baked Shiitake

  1. Add some oil to a skillet and rub it over the bottom with a piece of garlic. 

  2. Put the skillet on top of your fire and wait until the oil gets hot. Meanwhile you start slicing the shiitake.

  3. Add the shiitake to the skillet and sprinkle with fish sauce and lemon juice while baking them golden brown. 

  4. Remove the shiitake slices and bake the pine nuts golden brown in the same skillet. 

Libanese burgers

  1. Grill your Lebanese flavored burgers on the bbq until they reach an internal temperature from between 55°C to 58°C (130°F to 136°F).

  2. Roast the BBQ buns golden brown. Shortly grill the outside to make it completely crunshy on the outside and lukewarm on the inside

  3. Spread some pumpkin Humus on the bottom bun part and put the Lebanese rubbed Burger on top of it. 

  4. Add another tablespoon of pumpkin humus on top of the burger and finish with baked shiitake, pine nuts and freshly sliced sage at taste. To finish it completely you might add some sumak for the lovely colour and fresh citurs taste. 

Have a nice meal!