By: Tasneem Amos

Saturdays are known as burger and fries day in our home. With talks of listeriosis and also the very bland burger patty that form part of some well-known burger houses, we figured it’s time to make our own.

I’ve tried and tested various recipes, and well this one is confirmed the winner. Remember, this is a basic recipe, so feel free to add other ingredients and spices to suite your taste buds.

Ingredients needed:

·         1 kg Beef mince, makes between 15-20 patty’s

·         3 cloves of garlic (grated on the fine side of the grater)

·         Parsley

·         3 tbsp soya sauce

·         2 eggs

·         A half a cup of bread crumbs

·         Cayenne pepper

·         Salt

·         Pepper

Things you will need:

·         Mixing bowl

·         Your hands

Method:

1.       In a mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients.

2.       Roll them into golf-size balls and refrigerate for at least 15-20 minutes.

3.       In a pan put oil just to cover the base of the pan and heat, once the oil is hot, lower your heat to medium.

4.       Flatten each ball in the palm of your hand, to your desired size and thickness

5.       Fry until browned on both sides.

6.       Do not overcook. The cooking process will continue even when the patty is out of pan, so if you fry and it’s not fully-cooked. It’s okay. The juicier the better.

You can use alternative spices and ingredients in your burger:

·         Any Italian herbs or even a mixture of them all

·         Finely chopped onion

·         Finely chopped chillies

·         Cheese

·         Coriander/dhania seeds

You can add toppings suited to you and your family’s taste buds; be it slaws and salads or caramelised onions, cheeses or even freshly chopped jalapenos.

I like to keep my burgers simple, so I make a mayonnaise and grated garlic paste for the base of my toasted burger buns. I then stack my patty in between and top it with cheese, an egg and fried Macon. If avo’s are in season, I add some of that too.

Plated with a side of home-made chilli-cheese fries (recipe will be shared in future posts) and boom, bobs your uncle! (viola).

Make cooking the art that it is, the whole family can join in on the fun; kids included.

Inspire us and be sure to share your home’s version of the home-made burger patty.

We encourage you to be the Picasso of your kitchen,

Go!

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