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Zesty Za'atar Burgers

Here's a simple way to add bit of flavor to your burgers, meatloaf, or stews. Za'atar is wonderful spice mixture that usually contains thyme, sesame, and sumac (a wild food I love to harvest), which adds a Middle Eastern flair to the beef. Whenever possible, I prefer to cook my burgers on an open fire, as the char from the heat adds such great flavor. 

I'd say go ahead and make up a double or triple batch, as good seasonings are always good to have on hand. 

Pro Tip #108 - When making burgers, meat loafs, or sausages, always cook off a little portion so that you know what the meat will taste like and you can make any adjustments necessary before serving.

Zesty Burgers


  • 1 pound ground grass-fed beef

For the Za'atar Seasonings:

  • 1.5 Tbsp Za’atar
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle 


  1. Add the seasonings to a bowl, stir to combine. 
  2. Mix the ground beef with the seasonings well, using your hands or wooden spoon. 
  3. Make 4 even burgers then cook on a grill, cast iron skillet, or bake in the oven until desired doneness. 
  4. Serve with a side of greens, roasted sweet potatoes and sauce of your choice.