Aussie Beef Mince BurgersAussie burgers that you can assemble yourself have become a popular way of eating Down Under and are perfect when entertaining at home, particularly on the Australia Day weekend. However, to be a true Aussie burger it must contain tinned or pickled beetroot which really takes it to new heights. Beef rissoles are easy to make, tasty and can be prepared in advance. This recipe has stood the test of time.
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The basics remain the same, and chefs of today have taken it to a restaurant level by increasing the amount and combinations of fresh herbs they use, replaced onions for eschallots, and ensuring that the condiments served with the burgers tantalise the taste buds. For example, I have discovered the Slightly Devilish Spicy BBQ Caramelised Onion relish, just like Lee, from the Beerenberg Family Farm in Hahndorf, South Australia. I make most of my own relishes and chutneys, however chopping up all of those onions to make a relish doesn't excite me and this relish is so delicious. Definitely a must to serve with your Aussie burger along with a good Spicy Tomato relish, or even incorporate it into the beef mixture before cooking.
However the beef rissole needs to be tasty, and I would suggest after you combine the mince with the other ingredients with your clean hands, you fry up about a dessertspoon full in a pan, taste it and see then if it needs more seasoning or herbs. Once the mince is formed into rissoles, you are past the point of being able to add to the ingredients, unless you start over.
Lamb can also be used but is more expensive. This is a fun alternative to a more formal style of entertaining and so tasty.
We enjoyed the leftovers the next day with vegetables, or rather I did. My Man of the House had another burger. This recipe is enough to feed 8-10 people, however if you are only feeding 2-4, it is very time and cost efficient to still form the mince into rissoles, and freeze what you don't eat in a plastic container with layers separated by baking parchment. You can them take them out of the freezer and cook them as needed. And they will taste even better the next time.
Serves 8-10 people
1 kilo of premium grade beef mince
4 slices brown bread (a few days old)
4 tbsp. mixed fresh herbs, including parsley (2 tbsp.), sage 2 tbsp.), and 4 teaspoons chopped tarragon if you have it (it is a strong herb with great flavour) or use 1 tbsp. dried mixed herbs instead
4 tsps. Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, squashed and finely chopped (optional)
2 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons grated carrot (optional) - great though if you are trying to encourage your children toe at more vegetables
2 tablespoons oil
1/4-1/2 cup flour
- Place onion, herbs, and bread in a food processor and process until finely chopped
- Add to the mince with the pepper, salt, sauces, beaten egg, carrot, and mustard
- Mix this all up in a large bowl with your clean hands until well combined
- Form into even sized balls and flatten (or) use an egg ring to shape and flatten them uniformly
- Leave to rest on a plate in the refrigerator, covered in alfoil or cling wrap for at least an hour so that they firm up
- Remove from the refrigerator and dust with plain flour
- Cook for about 8 minutes turning over halfway
- Drain on absorbent paper
- Heat oil in a fypan or on the BBQ and fry rissoles until they are cooked. They can be kept warm and covered in the oven for a couple of hours before eating if this suits your agenda
Baby rocket leaves
Tomato relish (preferably homemade) Click for recipe.
Pickled beetroot slices or canned beetroot slices (Absolutely essential for an Aussie burger)
Flat Bread rolls for easy eating
Slice and Butter the bread rolls on the inside and place down on the grill or BBQ and brown.
Caramelised onion and tomato relish can then be spread onto the bread. The burger is then assembled by your guests according to their individual taste.
Be sure to give your guests napkins.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and find it useful.
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Warmest wishes and enjoy the rest of the weekend.