Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Homemade burgers

My housemate is still on his low-carb diet, and something he now eats quite often is homemade burgers.  These are high in protein, relatively low in fat, and very low in carbs.

To make these, finely chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and half a red onion.  Add a handful of breadcrumbs - I usually have some in the freezer as it's a great way to use up leftover bread.

Throw in a pack of mince - this is minced pork from Aldi, but turkey or beef will do.  I don't like ones made with minced lamb as it's a very greasy meat, but I imagine it would work just as well.  Add a beaten egg, then get your hands mucky and mix it all thoroughly.

If you don't have a burger press, you can simply take handfuls of the mixture and mould it into shape by hand.  I have one, which I got very cheaply, so I spoon the burger mix into the mould and end up with nice uniformly shaped burgers.  This recipe makes housemate 5 burgers, so enough for 2 meals with one left over for lunch.  Alternatively, you could make 6 slightly thinner ones and freeze the extras for another time.

Serve with lots of veg or salad, and if you're not on a low-carb diet, you could serve the burger in a bread bun, with or without some cheese on top, and you could also add some chips for a homemade fast-food experience.  Don't expect them to be ready in a hurry though, the cooking time makes these more of a slow-food experience - but well worth the wait.

I oven cook these raised on a wire rack for around 20 minutes, turn them over and give them another 20.  I prefer cooking them this way to grilling them as they stay much more moist, whereas grilling tends to dry them out too much.

Now I should have taken a photo of the finished plated burgers when I dished them - but I forgot, and served them up without another thought.  It was only afterwards that I commented that I'd not taken a picture of the plate ... So housemate said I could take this photo instead.

He said they were delicious!

Until next time. x

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