Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mediterranean Beef Burgers with Caramelised Red Onion

It’s national Burger Day! Why not celebrate by making your own burgers at home 
– less fatty and much tastier.

Mediterranean Beef Burgers with Caramelised Red Onion
Serves 6 - 8


For the patties
1 kg topside mince or lean mince
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
3 large eggs
15 ml dry mustard
5 ml ground coriander
10 ml braai seasoning
3 garlic cloves, chopped
30 ml parsley, chopped
15 ml Worcester Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

For the caramalised onion
4 red onions
4 large rosa tomatoes
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Brown treacle sugar

To serve
Fresh rocket
Parmesan shavings
Portuguese bread rolls

Thick cut French fries

How to make it

For the patties
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly – use your hands.
Lightly grease hands with oil and roll the mince into tennis ball sized rounds.
Flatten to create a patti.
Make a little indentation in the middle – so that they don’t shrink too much when cooking.
Place on lightly oiled tray and cover with clingwrap.
You can cook them in a lightly oiled pan, on the flat grill or over the fire.
PS: Don’t over cook; they must be soft to the touch not stiff and hard!

For the caramalised onion
Pr-heat the oven to 180°C.
Slice tomatoes – about ½ cm thick and place on an oiled baking tray.
Slice onions and arrange on top of tomatoes.
Season with salt and black pepper, sprinkle with brown sugar (about 4 Tbls) and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.
Roast – tossing every now and then – until slightly sticky and caramelized (about 45 minutes.

Build your yummy burger
Portuguese Roll – toasted it tastes even better!
Top with Caramelized Onion and Tomato.
Top with beef patti.
Top with fresh rocket.
Top with Parmesan shavings.

Serve with hot French fries.

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