Seriously Good Hamburger!

I had a craving for a home made beef burger but the minced beef at the super market looked rather sad. So I decided to use up the frozen minced pork at home. And it turned out great! Honestly, it was another one of those times where adaptation and invention turned out YuMmmEe!

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 500g Minced Pork (Frozen or Chilled)
  • 2 large slices of back bacon
  • 2 Buns of any sort (Multi or whole grain for healthier option)
  • Salad greens of your choice
  • 1 whole yellow or white onion
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • About 200g of Greek feta cheese

Getting it done! (Patties and Bacon)

  1. If using frozen meat, thaw and drain well by squeezing the excess moisture out of the meat
  2. Season the meat with:
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger
  • 2 pinches of turmeric powder
  • 3 pinches of garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon sugar
  • 3 pinches of dried basil or Italian herbs
  • 2 tablespoon of corn flour
  3.  Mix well and form 4 to 5 palm sized patties and set aside in the fridge       4.  Flatten it out as best as you can so that it cooks through
  5.  Place a heavy bottom pan over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil
  6.  When the oil starts to smoke, place the bacon onto the pan, making sure        that its spread out evenly
  7.  After about 60 seconds or when the fatty edges start to brown, turn the            bacon slices over and leave for another 60 seconds
  8.  Remove and set aside. You will have a fair bit of oil in the pan at this                stage as the fat from the bacon has been rendered down
  9.  Remove some of the oil in the pan leaving a fairly generous amount to          cook the patties. Heat the oil over medium heat. After about 2 minutes,          gently place the patties onto the pan, leaving at least 2 finger width of            space between each patty
  10.  If you have a lid, place it over the pan so that the patties can cook                  evenly. Otherwise, use a piece of aluminum foil to cover
  11.  Cook each side for 2 minutes, turning only once
  12.  Set aside to rest for 5 minutes
  13.  Done!

Getting it Done! (Caramelized Onions)

  1. See my post on caramelized onions

Getting it Done! (Greek Feta Sauce)

  1. Over a low heat, bring the milk to a simmer, add a teaspoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and crumble the cheese into the milk
  2. Using a small whisk, incorporate the mixture. Keep whisking until the cheese is completely melted
  3. Assemble all the elements and drizzle over the burger just before you serve
  4. Done!
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