Carrot burger


This dish is inspired by an idea from a French-Armenian chef I admire, Sonia Ezgulian. She made the carrot burger and in the middle, shaped a patty with a cooked chicken breast mixed with fromage blanc; I made patties with kafta instead and served it with extra lemon (on the carrots) and dilled labneh on the side (for the kafta).


  • 1 Pound carrots
  • 1 Pound beef (extra-lean is best)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of minced parsley
  • Spices for the carrot burger: salt, pepper (to taste), 1/2 teaspoon of paprika or Aleppo pepper or chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Spices for the kafta: salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of sumac, 1/2 teaspoon of allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika or Aleppo pepper
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 1/2 cup of labneh or Greek yogurt, drained for a couple of hours
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill


  1. Peel and blanch the carrots in boiling water for 3 minutes (this step can be bypassed but I did not like the carrots to be too raw). Drain thoroughly, then shred; add one large egg and mix well (add another egg if necessary) and mix in all the spices. Set aside.
  2. Shape the kafta in the food processor: process the meat and spices with the onion and parsley; add two egg yolks if desired.
  3. Spread the kafta on a work surface and cut with the cookie cutter into patties; fry on both sides in a bit of oil and set aside. Fry the carrots in the same manner.
  4. To assemble: place one carrot patty, one kafta patty and finish with one carrot patty. Top with a few fresh herbs for garnish and serve each plate with a dollop of labneh mixed with a couple teaspoons of chopped dill. Serve with some quartered lemons if desired.

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  1. Posted June 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I love this burger – how creative, gorgeous, not to mention ridiculously healthy.

  2. Posted July 1, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    A great and healthy meal! I really love the idea of reploacing the bread buns with carrrot patties.



  3. Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    How creative,delicious and filling burgers,simply healthy and inviting..

  4. Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    bravooo juomana .. the kafta looks so juisy and the orange bun of carrots thats so amazing .. I wish I could reach my fork and have a bite ^_^

  5. Posted July 1, 2011 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    A carrot burger…you always outdo yourself!

  6. Posted July 1, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Great idea! I might even go for the carrot patty on its own.

  7. Posted July 1, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    super bonne idée la carotte à la place du pain!! ça ne peut qu’être délicieux et léger! merci!!

  8. Posted July 1, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful execution and presentation…love it! I’m thinking that instead of kafta in the middle, one could do a bean patty for a total vegetarian dish.

  9. Posted July 1, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    wow! Never tried this recipe….awesome work…and beautiful plating…

    happy to follow you…
    chk out my space too:

  10. Posted July 1, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Holy smokes! What have you done!! Girl, this is excellent! I have never come across such a wonderful twist, where burger buns are replaced by these healthy carrots…perfect recipe for my kids…definitely bookmarked, dear!

  11. Posted July 1, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    This would make for one healthy delicious burger. Love the spice and that bun… you are a genius!

  12. Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful recipe Joumana!Have a lovely weekend…

  13. Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    have never had a carrot burger before…that looks so interesting…:)

  14. Ute
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Joumana,

    Thank you very much. I follow your really really wunderful blog for some month.
    I’have tried some of your recipies, succeded and I read your blog every day.
    You are such a precious and beautiful person !
    From Germany with love

  15. Posted July 2, 2011 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    I’ll skip the beef and take the carrots…it really looks so good!

  16. Posted July 2, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    These look awesome! Carrot can be made into burgers that’s so cool! Hope you have a great weekend!

  17. Posted July 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    OK…THIS is wonderful!!!! I love how unique the burger is! I promise you I will be making this soon! You have a beautiful blog….!!!

  18. Posted July 5, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Bonsoir Joumana, un burger bien rafraîchissant et qui nous permet d’être gourmand sans complexes, bisous et bonne soirée

  19. Posted July 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    this looks fantastic although id make a veggie pattie YUM!

  20. Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Not only is it healthy, it looks so colourful and cheerful. Yum!

  21. Posted July 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Making this for dinner tonight!

  22. Posted May 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    this burger looks yucky.

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