1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint, crushed
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon bottled minced garlic (1 clove) or ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
8 ounces lean ground beef
Indian flat bread (optional)
For sauce, in a small bowl, stir together yogurt and cucumber. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
In a medium bowl, combine onion, jalapeno pepper, mint, cumin, garlic or garlic powder, and salt. Add ground meat; mix well. Form meat mixture into two ¾-inch-thick patties.
Place patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 14 to 18 minutes or until patties are done (160°F) (see Tips), turning once. If desired, serve the patties on flat bread. Spoon sauce over patties. Makes 2 servings.
Tips: Handling chile peppers: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef or pork patty cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.