Thursday, March 02, 2006

Day 29 - Make your own hamburgers

This is a B clan institution. I used to hate it because the hamburgers were overcooked by Chef's dad on the barbie and not very tasty. I don't know what's happened over the years, but they are now delicious, juicy and very tasty indeed. But this recipe is my own. A bastardised version of Jamie Olivers. Of course.

500g good quality mince (not too lean)
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, smooshed
good handful or two of fresh breadcrumbs
big dollop of mustard, I used dijon
a good squirt of tomato sauce
a dash of Worcestershire sauce
1-2 dill cucumbers, finely chopped
fresh herbs - whatever flavours you fancy
good handful grated parmesan
1 egg

Mix everything together (but not too much, the burgers will get tough. Trust me, I've overmixed burgers and they're hard word.)
If too wet add some more breadcrumbs
Shape into patties as big or as small as you like.
Put some breadcrumbs down on a sheet of baking paper on a tray, place burgers on tray, sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the top.
Cook for about 7 minutes on the first side and then about 5 on the other. Even though it's good quality mince, I'm not for a rare burger. Ever.

While someone else is (preferably) cooking the burgers on the barbie out the back, do a big platter or individual bowls of stuff you want to put on your burger. Our spread goes something like this:
- cheese slices (we've picked up the trick of putting these on the burgers in their last minute of cooking so it goes all melty)
- beetroot
- pineapple rings (I still can't bring myself to put it on a burger, but on the side makes for a very sunny plate)
- sliced tomato
- lettuce
- sweet and sour pickled cucumber slices
and a selection of sauces, mustards, pickles and chutneys
- breadrolls

It is great fun and has been one of those lovely things to watch as it went from a too-hard dinner for little boys to eat to one where they put their own ones together and eat two of them.

Chef's Mum has become more and more adventurous in her cooking as I've known her and we've even been known to have chicken burgers, made with chicken mince, loads of coriander and sweet chilli sauce. Delightful.


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