Everyone these days is at the beach or by a pool; I missed Fourth of July this year and so I was daydreaming about what the Ultimate Lebanese Burger would taste like.
For one, it would have some m’tabbal aka baba ghannouj aka eggplant caviar in lieu of mayo and mustard. The patty would be some classic kafta (ground meat with chopped onion and parsley and spices); the veggies would be a pared-down version of fattoush (less the pita croutons).
Now if you lived in Beirut, it’d be easy to put it together; your butcher would prep the kafta for you, you could pick up a great m’tabbal from your favorite store and voilà! In the event these facilitators are not in your vicinity, here are some links to help you plan ahead and still make the burgers in no time whenever you’re ready.