How to Make Perfect Burgers

Don’t be intimated by making burgers if this is new for you.  The trick is to use the best meat, and to handle it lightly.  We like to use a combination of different ground meats, but all beef is always good too.  Just avoid extra fillers — they take away from the meaty burger flavor…

Wonton Burgers

Here’s a light take on burgers that we absolutely love! 2lbs Ground Beef 1lb Ground Turkey or 1lb Ground Veal 3 scallions, chopped 1″ fresh ginger, grated Combine meats, scallions and ginger gently, taking care not to overmix.  Form into patties.  Grill until medium/well done (if you’re using all beef/veal, you can cook to rare,…

Stuffed Peppers with Currants, Dates and Capers

Recipe by Anna Hanau Serves 6-8 ¼ cup currants ¼ cup capers ¼ cup degelet noor dates, finely chopped (don’t use Medjool, they are too squishy to chop) ¼ red onion, chopped finely 1 teaspoon mustard 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup chopped cilantro 1 cup…

Kimchi Stuffed Cabbage

JEFFREY: Stuffed cabbage is traditionally associated with the holiday of Sukkot, which falls during the autumn harvest when cabbage is king. Because cabbage is so ubiquitous in the region, many Slavic cultures have a tradition of stuffing cabbage leaves. The Jewish version usually involves ground beef and rice, and sometimes sauerkraut, too. We’ve included both a meat stuffing and a vegetarian lentil mushroom variation in this recipe. Instead of kraut, we fold in our spicy Ashkenazi Kimchi (page 68) to add an extra kick. Both versions of this recipe work great with sauerkraut, so feel free to substitute it wherever kimchi is indicated as an ingredient. You may need to drain the kimchi or sauerkraut in order to chop it, but reserve any excess brine and stir it into the sauce and filling. If using store-bought kimchi, we caution against purchasing only the spicy variety, which can be very, very hot. A mix of mild and spicy kimchi will balance perfectly with the added spice in this recipe. Note that this is a longer, more involved recipe.

Spicy Chipotle Burgers

Chipotle peppers provide a little (or a lot) of heat in this burger recipe–the perfect way to spice up grilling season!

Tomato-Beef Hamantaschen

Used with permission from Modern Jewish Cooking by Leah Koenig   TOMATO-BEEF FILLING 8oz Ground Beef 1/2 small onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1/4 cup tomato sauce 1 tablespoon honey kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper Combine…

Meat Pie Hamantaschen

Poppy seed not your style? Make a delicious hamantaschen with ground beef instead!

Mini Bacon Meatballs

Bacon, onion, parsley and paprika pack a lot of flavor into these mini-meatballs, which are broiled quickly in your oven — no long simmering required!

Ground Beef with Kabocha and Tomato

A thick, rich sauce perfect for serving over rice or noodles, with great flavor from curry powder, Aleppo pepper and the sweet winter squash.


Layers of eggplant, tomato sauce, and ground beef or lamb are crowned by an unctuos custard and crunchy breadcrumbs in this delicious and hearty casserole.

Hearty Meat Sauce (Beef or Lamb)

This umami-rich mushroom-filled sauce is great with beef or lamb, and can be served with rice, paperdelle pasta, or crusty bread.


This is a Tunisian casserole made with mashed potatoes, eggs and ground beef or lamb.

Horseradish Burgers

If you like the sharp taste of horseradish year round, and not just on Passover, you may be inspired, as I was, to add it to your ground meat to make a horseradish burger.  Sounds delicious, right?  It does to me too.  But it doesn’t work.  The flavor compounds in fresh horseradish are extremely volatile,…

Dried Cherry Burgers

Dress up the classic burger with the sophisticated addition of dried cherries, basil and Dijon.

Chili Fiesta

A quick and easy shabbat meal involving ground beef, a crock pot, and a box of Fiesta tacos.