Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Burgers with the Lot

You are probably asking yourself does one really need a recipe to make a burger? Up until not long ago I didn’t think so either, but the last time I served this up to friends I had a fair few ohhhs and ahhhs and an inquisition into what went into the patty mixture so I said, what the hey, why not add it to the blog recipe portfolio.

When it comes to extras, feel free to add your personal favourites – be it olives, ham, salami, peculiar cheeses, dressings – use your imagination, be creative and experiment!

Ingredients: 6 Wholemeal Rolls with Sesame Seeds; 500g minced beef (could be substituted with lamb/pork/chicken if you’d rather); Couple Lettuce Leaves; One Tomato thinly sliced; 6 slices cheese; 6 rounds of bacon; 6 eggs; Mayonnaise; Mustard Pickles; Caramelised Onion

For patty mixture: 100g breadcrumbs (fresh or dried); 2 tsp Italian Herbs; Salt and Pepper to taste; 2 tsp Paprika; 1 tsp Chilli flakes; 2-3 cloves garlic minced/ 1 tsp crushed garlic from a jar; ½ bunch of Parsley, chopped finely

Method: Add mince and patty mixture ingredients to a dry bowl and knead with fingers until everything is incorporated and mixed evenly. Divide the mince into six equal balls and then flatten into disc of equal proportions on all sides to ensure even cooking. Place them on an oiled plate, cover with cling wrap and into the fridge for 15 mins atleast to allow them to firm up their shape.

Ideally these burger patties are juicy and taste best when cooked on the Barbie, but I understand this is not always possible and if that is the case use a pan to fry them off in a little bit of olive oil. I will not go into the details of how to fry your bacon, eggs and slap on the mayonnaise etc...

Have a play, get your hands in there and enjoy... that’s the joy of cooking and eating burgers!

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