I am a big fan of burgers. Like, a massive fan. I could quite happily eat a burger every day. There are so many things you can do with the humble hamburger from the myriad of sauces and relishes, to the cheeses, salad-y bits and mushrooms its a sensual adventure waiting to happen.
Yes, I really love burgers that much.
The downside is obviously the fact they aren't exactly healthy, being all fried, full of goodness knows what and in a super refined bun. Through much trial and error and many, many burgers consumed I have come up with this low carb, gluten free, low fat burger that still tastes delish.
Let's be real here people, the only reason buns exist is so you can get the yummy fillings into your mouth with minimal mess and a small amount of dignity in tact. Lettuce adds a great crunch, some extra fiber and keeps your hands clean while not adding anything we'd rather avoid.
I make massive batches of patties and freeze them raw. When I feel burger-y I just chuck a couple of patties in the oven on some baking paper and BOOM! Dinner is half done.
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp tomato sauce
a couple of strips of bacon (yes, really.)
small carrot, sliced
pinch of parsley
pinch of oregano
salt and pepper
Put all of the above in a blender and blitz until the bacon is mostly minced. Mix with 1kg of prime beef mince. Try and find the good stuff rather than the nasty fatty stuff. A butcher will often have better quality mince and the one near me is actually cheaper than the supermarket.
Form into patties and pop in a container with a layer of baking paper between each layer so they don't stick. These can be frozen for a couple of months or cooked now. I cook mine in the oven on grill at 200 for about 20 minutes from frozen.
To put your burger together grab a lettuce and whatever else you like. For this one I used beetroot relish, carrot, tomato, cheese, and aioli.
Tear off a couple of whole lettuce leaves and remove the white solid bits so the leaf is floppy. Wrap your creation in one leaf, flip, and wrap in another leaf.
Demolish with vigor and glee. For best results eat with hands.
If you have any awesome things you add to your burgers or any other awesome recipes please leave me a comment below! :)