Food: How To Make Great Burgers At Home
I am really, truly not a fan of those fast food burgers people seem to wolf down. I’ll have one each year, or something like that, just to show my kids I don’t HATE the thing they truly love all that much. BUT truth be told, I prefer to make my own burgers, or buy one from one of the new breed of Burger Bar (the kind with bearded fellas and fancy condiments.) Sometimes, the budget does not allow for the bearded burger. Then I do my burger DIY. And WHEN I do that, my family gets totally excited. They LOVE my burgers. They would have them for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Well. All of them except for my boyfriend. Last week, when I was shopping for burger ingredients, he said: ‘I don’t like having bready things for dinner’. I shot him a withering look RIGHT in the middle of Woolworths and stormed off. He followed me, with his basket, looking sheepish. I was EXTREMELY cross and began throwing baby spinach in MY basket and flaring my nostrils. It was a heavy scene. (You see those sometimes at Woolworths, don’t you?)
Still. We had burgers for dinner, making me the winner and he seemed to like it well enough. At least it wasn’t one of those fast food burgers, right?
If you’d like to make most of the people in your family happy, make these burgers. They are delicious, economical and wonderfully bready. Here’s how:
How To Make MY Favourite Burgers
1kg of lean beef mince
1 onion, sliced
2/3 cup of breadcrumbs
150g of haloumi
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of cumin
a good slosh or two of tabasco
a good slosh of Worcestershire sauce (Lee & Perrins is best!)
salt and pepper – a healthy dose
Plus buns and things : see below method for suggestions
If you have a food processor, throw the onion and haloumi and breadcrumbs (or hunks of bread if you don’t have breadcrumbs!) in and pulse until it’s quite fine and well processed. Tip into a big bowl. (If you don’t have a food processor, dice the onion very finely and grate the haloumi finely too. Then mix the grated things with the breadcrumbs.)
Mix the processed mix with the rest of the ingredients, massaging it together with your hands until it’s well mixed. Rest this mix for half an hour or so. Have a cup of tea, wash some salad leaves, listen to the radio…
When you’re ready, form the mix into burgers (about 3/4 inch thick – and as big as your bun, or a titch bigger) : You should get about 10. (You can freeze or refrigerate the ones you don’t need between sheets of baking paper.)
Cook in a pan with some olive oil over a medium heat (about 4 minutes for the first side, 3 for the second) and then put into the oven to keep warm while you cook fries or make a salad or do both.
Other things you need:
Good served in a grainy bun with aioli, avocado, beetroot, swiss cheese, rocket/spinach and tomato. The boys like bacon on theirs too. One of them likes pineapple, even. They like the whole burger and fries thing, but we just use frozen French Fries and shallow fry in canola oil. Very good with chilli sauce, too!