Grilled Za’atar Burger with Horseradish Aioli

Grilled Za'atar Burger with Horseradish Aioli

The 4th of July is the quintessential American summer holiday. Beaches, beer, burgers and…fireworks. It just screams ‘Merica! My friends and I make a yearly trek to Michigan where we partake in four days of festivities and water sports. We all don our finest red, white and blue, and just relax and unplug. Isn’t that what summer is all about?

Some 4th of July purists that say the holiday just isn’t the same without a classic grilled burger. I tend to agree, except for the classic part. One reason the good ole U.S.A. is so great is that we are one big melting pot of nationalities and cultures. So when it came time to make a truly great burger, I turned to Middle Eastern influences. Instead of boring salt and pepper, I made the spice blend za’atar my the seasoning of choice.

Grilled Za'atar Burger with Horseradish Aioli

You can find za’atar in spice shops or Middle Eastern specialty stores, but it is worth the effort to make your own.

Sumac, which adds a citrus flavor to the herby seasoning, can be found at Whole Foods or spice shops. I’ve used za’atar in everything from dips to eggs to roasted vegetables to on chicken, but this burger may be the best use yet!

Head on over to The Jewish Week to view the recipe for the Grilled Za’atar Burger with Horseradish Aioli!

Grilled Za'atar Burger with Horseradish Aioli




  1. says

    Oh my gosh! I grew up in Dubai,UAE and would walk to a corner store when I was in high to get Zataar bread and cheese bread for lunch! I have missed this stuff sooooooo much!The fact that you made it into a burger is brilliant! Might need to make this a meatless burger…and quick.