Wednesday, 16 May 2007

In the Land of the Burger

I used to hate burgers. I thought burgers are what the company with the big M is trying to make out of them. Oh boy, was I wrong. Coming to Australia gave me the opportunity to try a lot of new things to eat - and the so far spurned burger was one of them. Of course I do love the traditional Bavarian mini-meat loaves. However, you never eat them inside a roll (potato salad and other salads are the common accompaniments) so you can't call them burgers.

Whenever you want to grab a quick bite in the average Aussie pub - chances are pretty high that some sort of burger is on the menue. And that's where I discovered that I really like them. Of course, the roll could be improved, most of the time. But the burgers are neither tasteless nor unbearably greasy. However, nothing can beat a homemade burger. Having some lamb mince in the freezer that was somewhat too intensely lamb-ish to eat it on its own, I decided to mix it with some beef mince. There was also some leftover feta that needed to be used and that's how this recipe was born. Even my boyfriend was quite happy to get some meat once in a while - so how many birds did I kill with just one stone?

PS: One more bird - this recipe will also be the entry for the Big Burger Ballyhoo over at Freya's and Paul's Writing at the Kitchen Table.

Lamb Burgers with Feta Filling

The ingredients

500g beef mince
300g lamb mince
1 big onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic
½ bunch of parsley, finely chopped
2 small eggs
2 tbsp bread crumbs, heaped
Grated nutmeg
Freshly cracked pepper
Roughly 150g feta

Oil or cooking spray for frying

Yield: 8 rather big patties

In a bowl, knead both types of minces with your hands until smooth. Add all the other ingredients except feta and mix well. Note: Cookbooks usually state that you should fry onions and garlic first but my mom never does it and neither do I.

Cut the feta in 8 pieces (I made 8 rather big patties but that’s up to you. Cut the feta accordingly).

Flatten a chunk of the mince mix and put a piece of feta in the middle. Cover with some more mince and make sure you seal the sides very well (otherwise the patty will fall apart during frying or the filling will peep through as you can see above).

Heat oil in a frying pan over medium to high heat (cooking spray works well, too). Fry patties on one side until well-browned than flip over. When browned on both sides, reduce heat and continue frying until cooked through. This can take a couple of minutes depending on the thickness of your patties. If unsure, just cut into one patty and have a look if it’s still pink on the inside.

The source

My own creation

The hint

Serve hot or cold with pita bread, tomato and cucumber slices, salad leaves, and a sauce of sour cream, salt, freshly cracked pepper and shredded fresh mint. Or serve hot with rice and chunky tomato sauce.


Freya and Paul said...

When you say Bavarian mini meatloaf are you referring to Frikadellan? If so, I love it! I can't get enough of them, but end up eating them alone huddled up in a closet as nobody else I know likes them.
As for your burger, I think it sounds terrific! I can't wait for the Ballyhoo.
Good luck in the competition!

Anh said...

This looks so good! I am not a big fan of burgers, but still enjoy it occasionally. Yours is one of the best because of the lamb and feta! Yum!

Nora B. said...

Eva, I'm glad that you decided to post this. When you described the burger patty to me, it sounded so delicious and also unique. And the photo looks great!

Eva said...

Paul - Yes, I love those! But in my dialect we call them in a way I couldn't even spell properly...;-) And I'd love to win your competition!

Anh - Thank you! I also don't eat them all the time but once in a while...

Nora - Thanks so much for pointing out the Burger Competition! Now you should create one, too!

Rose said...

Eva, you burger looks amazingly, dangerously good! Lamb: got it, feta: yeeeees, nutmeg, tomato... I got everything. This is going to be my weekend indulgence. I can't wait.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your lamb burgers look wonderful! I love homemade burgers...

A great picture!

Eva said...

Rose - Good to hear that! How did your burger turn out?

Rosa - Thank you very much, I love compliments *blush*

Em said...

Hi Eva,
I finally tried this recipe last night. Thanks! It was yummy. Mine did not look as good as yours but I think it is because I was too enthusiastic about putting feta inside the pattie (I love feta). I ended up with very big and 'difficult to cook' patties... But the taste itself was great - thanks to you :)
Keep on the good work!

Eva said...

Hi Em, good to know that it worked for you!