Thursday, 18 July 2013

Homemade Burgers with BBQ Sauce

I've never really been the kinda person that craves burgers, seriously, not even a McDonalds cheeseburger. However, after recently making Dan and I yummy Nacho Burgers, I've developed a permanent burger craving. And what better weather to have burgers in than that of this week, I hear you say! I opted for a basic flavoured burger in a toast-at-home ciabatta with homemade barbecue sauce, salad and sweet potato wedges. This was perfect. Just the right amount of food, not too filling and it was lovely to be able to sit out in the garden and enjoy it.

All you need for the burgers:
500g Lean Steak/Beef Mince
1 Egg
A handful of fresh Parsley
1 Onion, diced
1/2 red chilli
2 tbsp flour
Salt and Pepper, to season

All you need for the homemade barbecue sauce is:
1 Onion, diced
300ml Tomato Ketchup
A couple of dashes of Worchestershire Sauce
50ml Soy Sauce
55g Brown Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 Red Chilli, finely chopped

To serve:
A burger bun - Tesco Finest bake at home Ciabatta rolls beautiful
A few slices of Gouda.
Salad - A nice mix of crunchy lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions and avocado
Wedges or Fries - homemade are always tasty

First things first, the barbecue sauce.

Fry your diced onions on a low-medium heat - the key is to soften the onions not brown them too.

Add the garlic, chilli, Worchestershire sauce and sugar. Stir well so everything is coated.

Add the ketchup and stir

Add the soy and stir

Pop it into a serving bowl or serving jug and place to one side for later.

NEXT. The burgers.

Dice your onions.

Throw them in a bowl with the chopped red chilli and parsley

Throw your mince in and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to season.

Add the egg and two tablespoons of flour and mix together.

Shape into burger patties and pop onto a piece of foil to keep your chopping board clean.

Heat up your griddle pan on a medium heat - leave for a minute or two as the patties need to go into a hot pan.
Also, you won't need a lot of oil - there will be the fat from the mince and that's plenty!

This is a good time to pop your ciabattas in the oven as they take around 5 minutes.

Pop them in once the pan has heated. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes.

Once the burgers are done. Slice a ciabatta and pop the burger on.
If you're using Gouda (or another burger-appropriate cheese) Pop it over now to allow it to melt.
You can also stick it under the grill for a couple of minutes to help it along.

Salad? Check. Wedges? Check. A few extra onions? Check. Barbecue sauce? Check.

...Oh, and a few nachos never hurt anybody.

Get plated up and dig in.

A make sure you load it up with plenty of that barbecue sauce! You will never buy barbecue sauce again once you have tried this!

N xo

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