Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Home Made Burgers are the best!

I love my burgers. In fact, although I have to admit to liking the fast food variety at McDonalds and Burger King (Hungry Jacks to the Aussies), nothing quite beats the burgers that I used to enjoy at Deli's and even some Milk Bars as a student in Melbourne. You could have your burger 'custom made' there with just what you wanted. My favourite of course was a 'Burger with the Lot' which simply meant that it was a burger with Everything piled on - bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese and sometimes even an egg! Happy Days indeed!!

I like my burgers thick and meaty too and so just the other day, when we were planning what to make for dinner, I suggested home made burgers.

The Lovely Wife and my princess thought this was a brilliant idea although, not surprisingly, my son wasn't too keen. This is simply because he doesn't particularly like bread. He will eat it, of course, but for some reason doesn't really quite like it - unless it is toasted with jam or butter and sugar.

As I have matured (read - grown older) I am not too fond of cheese in my burgers. I still love bacon in it though and so I bought some bacon together with lettuce and tomatoes. And of course the minced beef! I also used lots of tomato sauce and mustard - you got to have mustard in a burger!

This is what I did to make the patties.

3 cloves garlic-chopped
1 medium onion - chopped
2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
black pepper
1 kg mince beef
2 tbsp tomato sauce
splash of Worcestershire sauce

Sautee the onions, garlic, oregano, basil and black pepper. Add into the mince and mix well together with the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and let stand for a little while.
Make the meat into patties either with your hands or use a burger shaper. I have a Tupperware burger shaper and that explains why my burgers are so nicely shaped!
Place on a baking tray and bake in a 180C oven for about 20 mins. This helps the burgers keep their shape. Continue cooking the burgers in a skillet till done to your taste. I like my burgers Well Done.

To add to the fun, I laid all the ingredients out and let The Lovely Wife and kids assemble their own burgers. I learnt that my little princess takes after me and absolutely enjoys bacon!

I assemble my burgers by starting of with a layer of lettuce on the bun, then some slices of tomato followed by the beef patty. More lettuce goes over the patty and then comes the bacon. Finally, I spread liberal amounts of tomato sauce and mustard over the bacon and cover it with the top half of the bun.

I have to say the Home made burgers are not only tastier but more importantly, you know exactly what is going into it. And that makes that taste even better!!


Bellini Valli said...

There is absolutely nothing better than a wonderful homemade burger on the "barbie" Dharm:D I know you wuill add your special touches:D

Anonymous said...

wow... thick patties on crisp-on-the-outside-fluffy-in-the-inside buns are what i've always want for lunch!!

in case u are wondering.. this is me vanille and i have moved to wordpress...

good luck for ur cooking adventure and making ur family happy :P

Elle said...

That burger has me drooling Dharm...and I already had dinner :)
It's true, one of the great things about making them yourself is that you know exactly what is in them. Yours sound just perfect!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

You are totally right! Homemade burgers can't be beat!!! Yours look mighty scrumptious!



giz said...

Burger...did somebody say burger??? There's absolutely nothing better than a home made burger.

Wendy said...

Dharm, your burger looks yummy! I love homemade burgers too! I am curious what a milk bar is? Now I am thinking of making burgers for dinner tonight!

Dharm said...

Glad that everyone likes their Burgers!! LOL

In Australia, a Milk Bar is a neighbourhood convenience store that sells just about everything. Some of them also sell pies, burgers and the such. Some dont and would just be your local convenience store. The name came about because they primarily existed to serve the neighbourhood MILK needs as this is where you would pop round to buy your milk - especially when you ran out!

Foodycat said...

And beetroot. It's not a burger with the lot from a milk bar unless you have beetroot!

I have been meaning to make proper burgers for ages. Must get to it!

Dharm said...

Spot On Foodycat! A 'with the lot' would definitely have beetroot in it although I never really liked beetroot - gave me a headache - so I'd have a 'burger with the lot, minus the beetroot'!!

hikkie said...

I agree, homemade burgers are simply the best!
Your burger looks so yummy and juicy! we'll have to try your recipe sometime...

check out our version - much messier compared to yours =p


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