If you want a burger…

A hamburger or burger is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bread roll or bun. The patty may be pan-fried, barbecued, or flame broiled. Hamburgers are often served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, or chiles; condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, or “special sauce”; and are frequently placed on sesame seed buns. 

Hello all! One guess about what this blog post is about: BURGERS! My ultimate favourite food has got to be hamburgers. I know all food is glorious and should be appreciated for their background, size and colour but I think the burger encompasses all of that. For starters, it is known and sold worldwide, it has a variety of colours through each layer and more important the “patty” or “filling” can be suited to whatever your eating preference. It is literally the food world’s DIY meal.

Now if you have already bought the patty then burgers may seem like the quickest hunger fix, which is 100% fine if that suits your preference. However, as someone who can be real fussy about what the fillings in a burger should be I decided a while ago that I had to make this burger every once in a while so I am satisfied. I should put a disclaimer out there that I am not the best cook out there and I go for making food delicious rather than pretty, but if it comes out pretty then that’s purely fluke. So for those of you that want to try out this burger keep reading because it’s SUPER simple. I derived inspiration from the Cosmopolitan Cuisine series, I varied the recipe to my own personal preference and as with everything I urge you all to as well because it’s your taste buds at the end of the day.

500 g lean beef mince (vegetarians can substitute this with quorn, falafel or any other veg preference)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp oats
3 1/2 fresh green chillies, chopped (this will determine your spicy level)
1 heaped tsp coriander & cumin powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

For stacking:
lettuce leaves
6 burger rolls (I used Albany best of both buns)
red onion
cheese slices
(Anything that you want really)

1. Start by processing the chopped onion, garlic, oats and parsley in a food processor. (wow, I sound like a young Nigella acting like I know what I am doing).
2. Add all the dry spices, lemon juice, coriander, chillies, Worcestershire sauce and process once more before adding the meat mince.
3. Divide the meat mixture into about 8 portions, I used a baking aid to help me form round patties because I am clearly an amateur. Remember the patties will shrink so form the size to your discretion (no judgements!). Chill the patties for about 30 mins.
4. Heat a griddle pan or any non stick pan, oil is optional (but you don’t really need it) and grill the patties on medium heat on both sides depending on how cooked you prefer your meat. (I prefer medium)
5. Add the patty to the burger and stack it however you like before serving with chips or any other side.

So there you have it peeps! I loved making and eating this burger mostly because it is somewhat healthy with the lack of oil and egg, so that just means it’s perfect for any one out there. Give it a try and comment on how it turned out for you!


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