Recipe: Moroccan Beef Patties With Tomato Salsa

You don’t need to only serve chips and dips or cheese and crackers as your party nibbles. You can serve these mini patties as finger food when entertaining, put them in the kids’ lunch boxes or take on a picnic. They also work well with minced lamb or chicken. You can of course just make them into bigger burgers if you prefer.


1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
400g lean minced beef
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (can use gluten free if needed)
2 Tbs water, stock or bone broth
2 Tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbs chopped fresh coriander
1 egg, lightly whisked
Olive oil

For the Salsa

3 tsp olive oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
400g tin diced tomatoes
2 Tbs chopped fresh coriander
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind


To make the salsa, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and ground coriander and cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat and stir in chopped coriander and lemon rind. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.

To make patties, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric and paprika and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Add beef, breadcrumbs, milk, parsley, chopped coriander and egg. Season well with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Shape 1 tablespoon of beef mixture into a ball and place on a tray. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add half the meatballs and flatten slightly into patties. Cook for 3 minutes or until browned underneath. Gently turn patties and cook for 3 minutes or until browned underneath and just cooked through. Line an oven try with baking paper and place patties on tray in the oven at 100C to keep warm. Cook remaining patties.

To serve, place patties on a serving platter and top each with a dollop of tomato salsa.

This is a great Sugar Detox Recipe.

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