Shwarma Burgers with Garlic Sauce

Shawarma Burgers with Garlic Sauce

Lately I have been searching for new ideas and recipes online from some other smaller bloggers. I love reading people ideas and cultural traditions surrounding food. I have found some great bloggers on who are also become great online encouragers and friends.

This recipe comes from Cooking for the Time Challenged – Schwarma Spice Blend Hamburgers & The Attack By the Burger Intruder. (Click link for original recipe.) As many of you know I highly encourage everyone to take recipe and make it your own. Use recipes as a guideline, especially in cooking, so that it is something your family will eat. Don’t blindly follow a recipe that says 4 tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper if your family doesn’t like spicy foods. Start with a little bit and add it to suit your tastes. So, I changed this recipe a bit for my family.


This was AMAZING! If you like Shwarma then you will love this burger. The kids were amazed at the smells even before we cooked the meat. I mixed the meat and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to let everything mix together. By the time I took the meat out to cook everyone was anticipating the taste just from the smell of the spices.

I served this with a choice of pita or Flatout bread, garlic sauce, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, feta, and cucumbers for toppings and a side of green beans.

We had enough leftovers for 2 lunch servings the next day.

Shwarma Burgers with Garlic Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon powdered garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • garnishes such as lettuce, tomatoes, diced onions, garlic sauce (recipe below), and Feta cheese, as desired

Garlic Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered garlic (this makes a VERY heavy garlic sauce, you may wish to begin with one tablespoon and add to taste)
  • dash of salt


  1. Mix ground beef and spices in a medium bowl. Thoroughly mix meat and spices together. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Mix Garlic Sauce ingredients together. Stir well and then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to cook heat grill pan or George Foreman Grill. Form ground beef into small uniform sized patties for even cooking. Do not over crowd pan while cooking burgers.
  4. Cook burgers 5-10 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Remove burgers from pan and serve hot. Serve with sliced pita, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Feta cheese, and garlic sauce as desired.



10 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Shwarmas. Enjoying them over here.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! My house smelled so good!

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  2. Gouchis Girl says:

    Looks so good! I bet the smells were amazing. Are original Shwarmas made with lamb?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I have had lamb and beef. I am assuming lamb would be mist prevalent. You could make this with ground lamb, beef or pork.

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  3. auntiedoni says:

    WOW KM, Thank you! We had never tried Shwarma before, until we visited with our Nephew and his family in Michigan, I had never even heard of it. Now, I will make it myself, MAHALO!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      We loved this. Hope you like it too!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I can only imagine how delicious your house smelled! That spice combination is brilliant! 😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It was great! The kids both came in asking when dinner was because it smelled so good!

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