It is that time of year when everyone thinks: ‘Let’s have a BBQ!’ To me, there is a massive difference between a braai and a BBQ.
A braai, is a gathering where friends come together around a fire; it is where steak and boerewors and lamb chops and chicken flatties are artfully cooked over hot-ish coals and, most importantly, it does NOT involve a single burger patty.
A BBQ, on the other hand, is an impromptu: ‘Let’s have some burgers on a Wednesday night’. It is one of those meals where the wife does all the prep (aka go to the shops, pick up patties, fake cheese, pre-cut buns and a tub of coleslaw) and the hubby cooks the meat before anyone is ready to eat. It is quick and often over before you have time to relax and enjoy the experience… I don’t like to BBQ very often because, to me, it feels very anti-social and so very rushed.
But, if you absolutely must have a BBQ (you know, the impromptu kind), then at least do the right thing and make your own burger patties. They are so simple to make, you know exactly what goes into it and you can flavour and fill it to your liking.
|500 grams||15%-20% Beef mince|
|1 small handful||Panko breadcrumbs|
|30 grams||Parmesan cheese|
|2 heaped teaspoons||Garlic Powder|
|1 heaped teaspoon||Curry Powder|
|1/2 teaspoon||Ground Cumin|
|1/2 small||Red onion, finely chopped|
|1 teaspoon||Sea salt|
|Freshly ground pepper|
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Divide in 4 (I like ’em huge!) and use a burger press to get them all the same size.
BBQ outside and serve with fresh brioche buns, condiments, coleslaw and The Ultimate Potato Salad.
Enjoy the summer!