Although my late father was not very fond of hamburgers, I read somewhere that Elvis was. Hence the choice of recipe …
Ingredients for the burger:
- 500 grams Ground Beef
- ½ Onion, Grated
- 1 cup Fresh Breadcrumbs
- 1 Egg, Beaten
- ⅓ cup Fresh Parsely, Finely chopped
- 2 teaspoon Dried corriander
- 2 teaspoon Dried cumin
- 1 teaspoon Dried paprika
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 100 grams Goats cheese, Finely grated
- ½ Fresh pineapple, Core removed and finely chopped
- ½ Red onion, Chopped
- 1 Red chilli, Seeds removed and finely sliced
- 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves, Finely chopped
- 6 Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in quarters
- ½ tablespoon Lime Juice
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
To make the hamburger:
1. Add the ground beef, onion, spices, chopped parsely, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs and egg to a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and put in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
2.Divide the chilled mixture into four equal portions. Roll into balls. Divide the grated goats’ cheese into four equal portions. Using your thumb, make a hole in each of the meat balls and push a portion of goats cheese into each. Close the hole and press into a patty. Make sure the cheese is fully covered by meat.
3. Rub each of the patties with a little oil and cook in a hot pan until the cheese had melted and meat is done to your liking. Let it rest for about 2 minutes. Add to buns.
To make the pineapple salsa:
1. Add the chopped fruit, red onion, chilli, coriander and tomatoes in a bowl. Add the lime juice and olive oil and mix through. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper. If the salsa needs sweetness add a little castor sugar. Put side for a few minutes for the flavours to develop. Top each of the hamburgers with some salsa and add some as a side salad to the plate. Serve with polenta chips (french fries).
To make the polenta chips:
- 250 grams polenta
- 1 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper for seasoning