The O’s Burger Fix
I was hanging about in town yesterday waiting for hubbs to get off work and being too lazy to traipse down into a Java I went into a Steers instead. Bad idea. I bought a ridiculously priced juice and then sat to calculate whether or not I could do the Wacky Wednesday offer. Everything about the smells in that place said, ‘Of course you can!’. But I knew spending that 450 Ksh on burgers would be a bad call especially because we still wouldn’t have lunch for the next day. Was I going to buy two offer burgers? Nope. I was going to make them.
The O’s Burger Fix
You will need:
500g beef mince (Not typically, I bought this at the Nakumatt Deli and it was really fresh. About 260 Ksh)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper (If you can set your grinder to coarse, even better)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, chopped/sliced
1 and 1/2 tablespoon of Peptang’s Choma Sauce
1-1 and 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
Put your mince into a large bowl and add in all the other ingredients.
Depending on how big you want the patties, grab a handful and roll gently into a ball in your hands. While still working it in your hands, begin to flatten it trying to seal in the sides where the meat might not be holding too well. (If your mince is having a super hard time coming together, you can add in one beaten egg to the mixture to help it hold)
Let the patties rest for a few minutes and get your pan hot. I used a skillet but you can also use a non-stick pan which I have done before. (I prefer skillets because they get really hot and leave those nice grill marks. My skillet is my favourite of all the wedding presents I got).
When the pan is hot (which you can tell when the oil moves easily), place your patties in gently. Make sure you leave enough room between them or they will begin to stew and you don’t want that!
Cook each side for about 5 minutes (for the rare palate) and 7-9 minutes for a more well done finish.
Now, the fun part! Dress your bun with whatever the hell you want. I was feeling for low key burgers so I used mayo, mustard, tomatoes with black pepper and some sliced cheddar (which you can put on the patty just before you take it off the grill to melt but I prefer a more solid cheese slice).
Also great to add: caramelised onions, lettuce, rocket (if you’re a fan of greens with a bite to them).
So steer clear of the two-for-one offers on burgers because you can make them yourself! Willing to try it out? Let me know how it goes!