The Classic Burger
Every Friday afternoon between 3 and 5pm I offer basic cooking classes at no cost to the parents to a group of youngsters from our Church. My group is made up of boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 18. It is a growing group which has jumped from 4 children to 10 children in a matter of 5 weeks. I am very excited about the growth of this Ministry and have big dreams for 2013. You can read more about us under the page “About Snap, Sizzle & Cook”.
I try and alternate between cakes and or sweets one week and something cooked or savoury the next week. For example, one week we made Chocolate Cupcakes and the next week I taught them how to make pizzas by making their own pizza dough. This week (today) I decided to teach them how to make their own burger patties. Burgers are a great meal and don’t have to be laden with fat and unhealthy additions. I had cheese, tomato, fried onions and lettuce available for the children to build their burgers. Instead of buying frozen boxed patties why not make your own fresh burger patties from a packet of beef mince. I actually thought they would be grossed out by working with raw meat, but to my surprise they dug in there and got mixing. They devoured their burgers which they built themselves after I grilled the patties. We had a lot of fun and the recipe is so simple. The original recipe belongs to my mom which I’ve modified slightly; it goes like this:
500g Beef or Lamb Mince (whichever you prefer)
5ml ground cumin
2ml mild curry powder
15ml Sweet/chilli sauce
2 slices of white bread (crusts removed)
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
Soak the bread in the milk. In a separate bowl, mix the mince, spices, sweet chilli sauce and eggs. Once bread is soaked through squeeze excess milk and add to the mince. Mix well and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Remove from fridge and break off slightly bigger than golf ball size pieces and flatten into desired patties. You should be able to make between 8 – 12 patties.