I have never quite been a fan of ready-made hamburger patties from the supermarket. And because I love to be creative in making my own patties, ready-made patties have never seemed enticing to me with its processed and uniformed look.
Coming up with a beautiful burger patty is not only simple and easy, it is fun and therapeutic. I usually mix beef and pork mince in equal proportions but for today’s gourmet patties, I have decided to experiment with pork and turkey mince instead.
Another ingredient that I never pick off the supermarket shelves is breadcrumbs in a packet. It is so easy to simply bake two pieces of fresh wholegrain bread in the oven until golden brown and broken into crispy fresh crumbs.
One advantage of preparing your own patties is you can always choose fresh ingredients and know exactly what goes into your patties.
Lea & Perrins’ Worchestershire sauce is one of the key ingredients because the tangy taste gives the patties a sharp edge when cooked.
I love using my hands to mix all the key ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Mince pork and turkey, finely diced onions, crispy breadcrumbs, fresh egg, Worchestershire sauce, freshly cracked black pepper, mixed dried herbs (usually thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage) and a special ingredient which in my humble opinion, gives these patties a gourmet touch.
I made a batch of bacon salt just after the new year and am now enjoying just how versatile this ingredient can be for salads, soups, meat and seafood. For today, I have substituted salt with my bacon salt to give the patties an extra boost in flavour.
250gm turkey mince meat
250gms pork mince meat
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 slices of brown / wholegrain bread, baked and crumbed
2 teaspoon mixed herbs
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 – 2 tablespoon bacon salt
6 – 8 burger buns of your choice
3 – 4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Butter or mayonnaise for burger buns
1 cos lettuce, cut into burger sized pieces
6 – 8 slices of cheddar or tasty cheese
2 – 3 ripened tomatoes, sliced
Choice of condiments – tomato sauce, barbeque sauce, mustard, Worchestershire sauce, chutney, pickled gherkin.
1. Mix evenly the mince meat, onions, mixed herbs, bacon salt, breadcrumbs, pepper and egg in a large mixing bowl.
2. Shape the mix into thick patties according to your preference in size (The proportions above should yield approximately 6 – 8 burger patties).
3. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in frying pan and sear patties until golden brown on each side, then rest patties for about 5 minutes.
4. Warm burger buns in a 180 degree oven until slightly crispy on the outside, then remove from oven and serve with burger patty, sliced tomatoes, cos lettuce and choice of condiments.
Serves approximately 6 – 8 home-made gourmet burgers.
This is a great recipe for the summer backyard barbeque too where the patties can be grilled and the burger buns toasted at the same time.
So dear readers, what is your favourite burger and would you try this simple recipe at home instead of buying ready-made burger patties?
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