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Camel Burger Recipe

Camel Burger Recipe

Camel meat is considered to be one of the leanest red meats available. With a little bit of a sweet aftertaste, camel meat is very similar to beef in terms of flavor and texture.

A camel burger also looks relatively similar to a traditional beef burger but camel meat contains less cholesterol and is very rich in protein compared to other red meats. The hump is considered to be the most delicious part as it is way more tender and fattier than the other parts of the animal.

Camel meat is consumed in many countries including Eritrea, Somalia, Syria, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Kazakhstan.

History & Cultural Significance

Camel meat is believed to have been consumed for centuries. According to ancient Greek writers, the whole meat was roasted and served at banquets in ancient Persia. It is said that the Roman emperor, Heliogabalus, relished the camel’s heel.

Apart from the regions mentioned above, camel meat in today’s era is also consumed in areas where other sources of protein are limited. It is also enjoyed in regions where eating camel meat has some historical relevance and holds some cultural significance.

Camel burger
Yield: 6

Camel Burger Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Camel meat is considered to be one of the leanest red meats available. With a little bit of a sweet aftertaste, camel meat is very similar to beef in terms of flavor and texture.

Ingredients

  • Ground camel meat - 2 lbs
  • Medium red onion (diced) - 1/2
  • Garlic cloves (minced) - 2
  • Ground cumin - 2-3 tsp
  • Cilantro (finely chopped) - 2 tbsp
  • Wheat-free tamari - 2 tbsp (may use low-sodium soy sauce instead)
  • Ground coriander - 2 to 3 tsp
  • Small toasted, buttered hamburger buns - 6
  • Tomatoes for topping (optional) - 4
  • Lettuce for topping (optional)
  • Cheese for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take a large cast-iron skillet and heat it over medium-high flame. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Next, take a mixing bowl and add the camel meat, garlic, tamari, red onion, cilantro, cumin and coriander. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Clean your hands properly and gently combine all the ingredients using your bare hands until everything is mixed well.
  4. Now, take small batches of the mixture and shape them into 6 patties of equal size. The patties should be approximately 1 inch thick.
  5. Next, take a pan and arrange all 6 of them in a way that they do not touch each other and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Take the patties out of the fridge and, on medium-high flame, cook them in a small amount of vegetable oil until the patties acquire a good brownish color on the bottom. This should take about 6-7 minutes. Once the bottom of the patties turns brown, flip them over.
  7. Once both the sides of the meat are cooked properly, shift the skillet to the oven. Cook in the oven for approximately 7 to 8 minutes.
  8. Using an instant-read thermometer start spot-checking the internal temperature of the burgers after 5 minutes. Make sure to check the temperature closely as it will help to avoid the overcooking of the meat. At 140 degrees, take the patties out of the oven and keep them aside in a pan to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Now, take the toasted, buttered buns and place the camel meat in the centre. You can also add lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced onion, cheese and any sauce of your choice to make it even more delicious.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 50g

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