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Santa Cruz Burgers

Alternate name: Mediterranean Burgers Juicy, tangy and unusual, Santa Cruz burgers have a hint of cinnamon and allspice, flavors used in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions for thousands of years, but relatively unfamiliar in American meat dishes. The hummus can be purchased in most grocery store deli departments. These savory burgers will be a big hit at your next cookout, and you will be asked to serve them again and again!


1 lb. ground sirloin
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
4 sesame-seed buns
4 Tablespoons prepared hummus
4 teaspoons ketchup lettuce tomato onion


In a medium-sized bowl, break and slightly beat egg. Break up ground sirloin into small chunks and place in bowl. Sprinkle with garlic, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and pine nuts. Fold ingredients together with a wooden spoon until combined well. Do not overmix. Grill burgers over hot coals until done, approximately 5 minutes on each side. While burgers are cooking, heat buns, wrapped in foil, in oven on 275 degrees until warm. Combine hummus and ketchup. Assemble burgers by spreading approximately 1/2 tablespoon of the hummus/ketchup mixture on both halves of buns and topping with lettuce, tomato, and onions.


Enjoy your burgers with a glass of Sutter Home Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.