BBQ Time!

24 May 2012

Category: recipes

Whew!  Now that summer has arrived at last, its time to get out the BBQ and invite some friends around.  How about making some burgers?  Its easier than you think...


Making the most of the best local meats doesn't mean having to use the most expensive cuts - mince is a thrifty way to get a taste of the Island, and summer is the perfect time to make the most of mince.  Burgers for a summer BBQ, or a quick supper of homemade meatballs; they both start in the same way - with great mince.
A basic burger mix is 500g mince (beef, lamb, pork or a mix of pork and beef), a small onion very finely chopped, and a beaten egg to bind it all together.  Just form them with your hands, or buy a buger press from Hursts.  The next bit is the fun bit - adding the spices!  Here are some ideas, but go for whatever takes your fancy.  Each 500g mince mix will make 4 burgers.
Pork and apple burgers
To a pork mince mix add a peeled, grated cooking apple and a handful of shredded sage leaves.  For a twist, form the burger around a nugget of mozzarella cheese - this will be gooey when you bite into it!
Chirizo burgers
To a pork mince mix, add 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika, 2 tsp hot paprika, 2 smoked garlic cloves (very finely chopped),  1 tsp crushed fennel seeds and 1/2 tsp salt for a Spanish-style taste.
Perfect beef burger
To the basic beef mix, add 1/2 tsp salt and ground black pepper and 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme.
Spicy lamb burger
To lamb mince and finely chopped onion, add some spices for a Moroccan-inspired tasty burger. This recipe doesn't require the egg to bind as the honey and tomato do the same job.  Add a handful of ready to eat dried apricots (finely chopped), 1 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tbsp runny honey, 1 tsp flaked chillis or chilli powder, 1 garlic clove finely chopped (optional), 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, handful finely chopped fresh parsley.