Today, let’s talk about burgers.
My housemate is a huge burger lover. He devours them (and stays stick thin! *shakes fist*) whenever he can. Exasperated at the number of times he’s gone “So can we go to Maccas?” I decided that enough was enough. If we were going to be eating burgers, we were going to do it the healthy way. Or at least, the tasty way.
But I couldn’t really find a recipe that I liked, at least not online. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough. So I made my own recipe. Which in the world of Celeste means: throw everything in that sounds like it works and hope that it does. And what do you know? It did!
For the Patty
500g mince beef
2 tbsp oregano, finely chopped
3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
100g sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Sliced pickled gherkins
Chilli/Tomato sauce/BBQ Sauce as preferred.
1. Add your finely chopped herbs to the mince meat.
2. Using a food processor, finely chop the sundried tomatoes and garlic (remember to skin the garlic first!) and add it to the mince meat. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water before running it through the food processor again.
3. Knead everything together, don’t get lazy and put it through the food processor! Get those fingers into the meat and mix everything up well. If the meat doesn’t stick together well, add a little bit of cornflour.
4. Divide the meat mixture into equal balls, ready to be flatten out into patties.
5. With wet hands (or the mixture will stick to you!), flatten each ball of meat, making sure to keep to a roughly circular shape. Try to make the patties the same diameter as your burger bread. Don’t worry too much if there are crack lines.
6. Put the patties back into the freezer for roughly 5 – 10 minutes. This allow the meat to cool down and makes it easier to cook them later. This will also ensure that they won’t stick to the pan easily.
7. Take the time to prepare the other ingredients that make up the burger. I like to put lettuce, gherkins, and tomatoes in my burgers but you can add anything else you like really. I also allow my guests to build their own burgers so they can leave out any bits that they dislike.
8. Grill the patties or shallow fry them in a pan. Serve them hot! I like to have my burgers with chilli sauce, but you can add mayonnaise, bbq sauce or even teriyaki sauce if you so prefer. It’s all up to you!
And there you have it. Quick and easy way to make really tasty burgers at home. And since fries or wedges tend to be fried and greasy (thus unhealthy), we opted for mash potatoes instead. But really, they are whipped potatoes. These are easy to make as well: just boil the potatoes (without their skins) till they crumble to the touch and toss them into the food processor. Add salt, pepper to taste, butter and milk to fluff it up. Allow the food processor to do its magic, and voila! Instant yummy whipped potatoes.
I had friends over for dinner one night and I whipped this up. The verdict? “Very tasty patties, but try wholemeal buns next time.” I didn’t even think of that! Will definitely aim to get wholemeal buns next time!
*chants* Healthy, healthy, healthy, healthy….
Do you have any burger recipes you’d like to share?