As anyone who has been to South Africa will know, braai-ing (BBQ to us Brits) is more than just a national past time! With this in mind and feeling the need in the 33 degree heat to try something a little less heavy than my usual “its raining, it cold, I need comfort food” British meals, I decided to try out making some burgers from scratch as a work in progress for the braai season.
So here is my recipe so far…
(Makes about 4, amount are approximate, use a little discretion based on personal preferences)
300g minced beef
2 small slices of bread thats not much good for anything else (I used left over sour dough which was fairly small so maybe 1 slice if using a normal loaf)
A liberal sprinkle of cayenne pepper
A pinch of marjoram/oregano/basil – general mixed italian herbs – whatever dried you have in the cupboard or whatever is thriving in the garden.
1/2 an onion
1 clove of garlic
Salt and pepper
Some nice cheese – I would prefer mozzarella or even a nice creamy blue cheese but only had cheddar this day.
Make bread into breadcrumbs using trusty food processor that doesn’t munch fingers (yes, I am still bitter about the old one doing that!)
Chop garlic and onion finely and mix with meat, breadcrumbs, egg and seasoning.
Shape into patties – make them a little bigger than you’d like – they will shrink.
Either braai until cooked through or lightly fry in olive oil and finish with 5 minutes in the oven like I did.
For the cheese you can either slice and add to the tops of the burgers when they are in the oven – see my picture! Or chop into chunks and mix through the burger mix before shaping into patties – I think this would be especially good with blue cheese on a braai!
Dietary note: I imagine breadcrumbs would be a great use for that gluten free bread that may have been a little too dry and crumbly for sandwiches? Stale bread usually works great, so may be one to try!