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Monday, 21 December 2015

Making Homemade Patties for your Burgers

Are you also finding it increasingly difficult to find good quality patties for your burgers? Why not make a whole batch yourself, freeze them between plastic wrapping or wax paper sheets and defrost and cook as needed? I'll show you how easy it is to turn your minced meat into patties in today's blog.

I used about 1.5 kg of minced meat and added 2 cups of finely chopped onions.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Soak 4 slices of bread in a cup of milk. You can use white or brown bread. Stale bread is even better than fresh.

Add a cup of vinegar, 4 eggs, some ground coriander (or freshly chopped) and a large tin of tomato relish. I choose to make the latter myself. I am sharing a very basic recipe and you are of course free to add all sorts of herbs and spices. I keep mine rather plain and add extras to the burgers when I build them. The choice is yours.

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. The bread and egg will bind the meat and you can now press it together in a hamburger press or with your hands. You can even use a cookie cutter to cut interesting shapes. The easiest thing to do is to roll the meat into a good sized ball between the palms of your hands. Lay it down and press down firmly to flatten it. If the meat sticks to your hands, coat your hands regularly in flour. You can even roll the balls in flour to keep them from sticking to each other.

Pan fry, braai, grill, or even bake your patties when you are ready to eat them. You can cook them from frozen.

Tip: If you do not flatten the balls, you will have some very delicious meatballs!

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