Sunday, 5 January 2014

Beef Burgers with a secret ingredient

Beef burger with plum sauce in pattie by Carole's Chatter

Instead of my normal spicy approach to burger patties, this time I did something that turned out to be incredibly simple – and, even better, successful.

So what was the secret ingredient – store bought plum sauce!

I mixed the beef mince (ground beef) with some breadcrumbs (I was going to use rolled oats but realised I didn't have any), a teaspoon of mixed dried herbs (I used oregano & thyme), 3 tablespoons of plum sauce and salt and pepper.  When they have been mixed a bit add 1 beaten egg to help the patties stay in one piece.

Shape your burgers – I had enough for 8 patties so I quartered the mixture and then halved each one so that the patties were more likely to be the same size.  Dust each burger with flour – just standard flour.

I like to rest the burgers in the fridge for at least half an hour – but you could cook them straight away.

Just fry the patties in vegetable oil until browned and just cooked in the middle.  I found that the flour meant that a nice browned effect was created.

Because the two of us cannot eat 8 patties, I froze half of them (uncooked) so that I have a quick meal for another day.

Serve on your burger buns with your preferred garnish – I used lettuce, tomato and red onion – but because the plum sauce is in the pattie you don't need to add other sauces – you could but it was quite saucy enough without.

One apology, despite the inclusion of a slice of pickled beetroot being a must for a real New Zealand burger, I found that I didn't have any on hand.
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10 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great flavor combination.

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  2. Mmm. I don't know if I can get plum sauce in my local market (which doesn't have many specialty items) but I'll keep an eye out for it!

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  3. what a good combination. Where do you live where it is already Sunday?

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  4. That sounds like an amazing flavor combination!

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  5. Looks yummy! I love my burgers well-flavored.

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  6. I haven't heard of plum sauce used in this way.

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  7. Plum sauce sounds like a great addition to burgers! Very clever my dear! Happy New Year!

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  8. Never thought about adding plum sauce to beef mince. Makes it gourmet, thanks for the idea.

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  9. Sounds wonderful! And I didn't know that pickled beet was "required" in New Zealand. Yum!!!

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  10. Well this is a new combination to me, but it sounds good. I think I'll have to give it a try soon!

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