Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday's Kitchen: Homemade burgers with homemade wedges

BBQ mode is on! The sun is shining, the colours are bright and what better time for a homemade barbecue than an unusually hot May weekend! This week will be the first one to introduce a savory recipe. After the sweet start with Cheesecake, Brownie and Cookies, it's time for something different! 

Homemade beef burgers with homemade oven wedges

The recipe can be cooked on a BBQ, as well as in the pan, it's entirely up to you! We experiment with tastes and you can choose between a chilly burger or a dried sun tomato one, or why not both! Wedges are also two types- sweet potato and standard. We used two recipes to cook these burgers, taking the best from both! Goodfood and Gino D'Acampo. The recipe is easy, just make sure you have some extra time for chilling the meat.

For the burgers:
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef minced meet
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 chilli / a jar of sun dried tomatoes or both!
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • plain flour
  • hamburger buns
For the filling:
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cheese slices
  • sauces- ketchup, chutney, bbq sauce
For the wedges:
  • sweet potatoes
  • potatoes
  • olive oil
  • paprika
1. Step one - make sure the chef has a drink in hand.

2. Step two - slice the onion finely and fry in a pan until soft, leave aside to cool.

3. Deseed the chilli and slice, chop the garlic clove and a few sun dried tomatoes from the jar.

4. Put the mince in a bowl together with 1 egg, 7 tbsp breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tbsp olive oil, the cooled onion, garlic, and either chilli/sun dried tomatoes or both (We decided to make half with chilli and half with sun dried tomatoes). Mix well. 

5. Divide the mixture into around 6 parts, shape each into a ball and  flatten. Sprinkle both sides of each burger with flour and put them onto a plate. Cover with cling film and store them in the fridge for a few hours (or as much time and patience you have, 1-2 hours should be enough)

6. Wash and cut the potatoes (1-2 sweet, 1-2 standard) and cut into wedges. Place onto a baking tray and season with oil, salt, pepper and paprika ("piri piri shake"). Cook on gas mark 4 for 30-40 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them.

7. Half way through baking the wedges, take the mince burgers out the fridge, and one by one or 2, 3 at a time put on a frying pan covered in oil, flipping from side to side. When cooked, put a slice of your favourite cheese on top and after it melts remove from the pan. Ours is Emmental cheese.

8. Wash and cut the lettuce and the tomatoes and everything else you want to go inside the burgers. (You might want to prepare this before making the burgers, so they are ready straight away.)

9. Cut a bun, put your favourite sauce, a burger, salad, garnish with some wedges and enjoy the sunny weather! (Any drinks go well!)


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