Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Beef & Bacon Burgers

Say it with me. Bacon. Yes. Bacon is delicious, we went all out with organic mince and had to make dinner a bit indulgent with bacon.

I made James the full on Jamie Oliver version over here. That was James' semi detox meal, which is great because he has a super fast metabolism but for the rest of us the version minus the bread, cheese & mayo might be a little better.

I love mushrooms as bread. They are super tasty, so you really don't miss out on much at all.

I made 2 sets of patties last night, James and mine - it made about 16 burgers from kilo of mince. James eats 3 per meal and me 1, so for all leftovers I will just break them up and have with salad through the week or whatever. Leftover food is great = less cooking. Hoorah!

For the burger mix - makes 8 (4 for now & 4 for later or which ever ratio you prefer)
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium red onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 500g good-quality lean minced beef
  • 1 large egg, preferably free-range or organic, beaten
  • Season with Salt & pepper
To serve:
  • 8 slices of shortcut bacon - trimmed (Or however many burgers you are making)
  • 8-16 Large flat mushrooms(depending on how many burgers you are making)
  • Baby Spinach
  • 1 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • a few jalepeños & French mustard
  • wedge of lemon
  • sprinkle of walnuts
Method
  1. Fry the onion in about a tbsp of olive oil, let them soften and what not, while they are cooking prep your other veges and salad things
  2. Let onions cool
  3. In a large glass bowl mix onion and egg with the mince, mush it all up with your hands and combine well. 
  4. Use a 1/3 cup measuring scoop to make the patties, pack it in and tap it out in your palm, they will be too thick but you flatten then in the fry pan.
  5. Heat the fry pan again with a little oil
  6. Place mushroom underside up under a grill
  7. Place 4 patties in the fry pan + flatten with a spatula and cook through - 5 minutes or so each side
  8. When you put the second batch in the pan, also add the bacon so everything is hot when its time to serve.
  9. When everything is cooked assemble your little burgers and make a side salad, I like walnuts on the top an a little extra bacon but add what you like!

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