It's a Keeper: Moroccan Beef Patties with Couscous

It might sound odd to have beef patties for dinner, but I swear, for some reason, it works. The recipe I tried was Moroccan Beef Patties with Couscous from Every Day with Rachael Ray. These little guys turn out flavorful and are certainly unique. Okay, they were unique for us, at least.

This recipe is great for a weeknight when you are feeling sorta lazy but don't want the average chicken and rice dinner. You get to mix it up not only with spicy beef patties, but with a little cous cous on the side. It was done in just about 30 minutes.

Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:

Marcus Nilsson, From Every Day with Rachael Ray October 2006

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 min

1 1/2 cups couscous [Go for the whole wheat cous cous if your store has it.]
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover and remove from the heat. After 5 minutes, fluff the couscous with a fork; season with pepper. Cover to keep warm. [Could that be any easier?]

2. In a bowl, combine the beef, garlic, onion, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Form into 8 patties.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. [I cooked mine a little longer so that they were medium and they still tasted great.] Fluff the couscous again with a fork, transfer to a platter and top with the beef patties and the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.


  1. My husband will love this! Think I'll surprise him tonight! Bonus-I think I already have all the ingredients at home! Today is a good day! :)
    Thanks for your great web site and the good idea for dinner!

  2. Ooh! This looks great! I need to try out more Moroccan food at home :)

  3. This was so yummy. They smelled so good as they cooked too. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for letting me know you tried it! Yes, the house did smell nice and exotic as these cooked.

  5. Thanks for this recipe. I did it a little different because my hamburger was not thawed. I had to microwave defrost. :(

    So instead of making patties I just made it as a ground beef topping and put it over the couscous. It was delicious and my entire family loved it!

  6. It definitely is a nice change from the norm! Glad you liked it!

  7. I can't wait till my boyfriend comes home to these tonight, these sound delicious and right up our alley!

    p.s. My apartment smells AMAZING right now.
    Thank you!

  8. I am glad it sounds good! And your boyfriend better hurry home....


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