As some may know this year I have entered the Simply beef and Lamb Battle of the burgers contest, pitting the countries most inventive home cooks against each other in a bid to find Britain’s best home cooked burger.
And I have good news… I have been put through to the second round! And to advance any further I have to provide a comprehensive version of my recipe for the judges to mull over whether I’m worthy of a place in the final in London on September 6th, So naturally I’m sharing my recipe with you guys.
The Bengal Burger
- 500g ‘Simply’ Lamb mince
- pack of medium sized poppadum’s
- 4 slices strong cheddar
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbspn. Garam masala
- 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1/2 tbspn. Turmeric
- 1 egg white
- 4x ciabatta rolls
Chili and coriander relish
- 1 whole red chilli (Including seeds) Chopped.
- 2x medium to large tomatoes, Diced.
- Small handful of coriander, finely chopped.
- Pinch sea salt.
- Large pinch mild chilli powder.
- Drizzle olive oil .
- 3 tbspn natural yoghurt
- 1.5 tbspn mint sauce
- 2 finely sliced spring onions
- pinch white pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the lamb with the paprika, chilli powder, garam masala, garlic, turmeric, and the cumin.
- With clean hands, mix well until the seasoning is evenly distributed through all of the meat.
- Once the meat is fully seasoned throughout, add the egg white and again, with clean hands mix well until the egg is well bonded with the lamb.
- tear off 4 evenly sized chunks of the mince and roll into balls.
- Pat the balls into a patty around 1.5cm thick.
- Cover the burgers and leave to rest in a fridge for 10-15 minutes
- Relish- Add the tomatoes, chilli, coriander, salt, Olive oil and chilli powder and mix well.
- Mint dressing– In a small cup or dish add the yoghurt, mint sauce, pepper and the spring onion, mix the onions and mint sauce well until it is a lovely chunky consistency.
- By this time the burgers should have rested long enough, remove from the fridge and heat a griddle pan to a medium heat and add a little oil. Add the burger to the heated pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side, making sure its cooked through. Approximately 1 minute before you remove them from the pan add a piece of cheese to each burger.
- Prepare a freshly cut ciabatta roll, Lay a little of the mint relish on the bottom part of the bun, followed by a poppadum.
- Perch the cooked burger on top of the poppadum and add a spoonful of the relish, followed by another helping of the mint dressing.
- Cap it with the top half of the roll and enjoy!
Anyway, I hope you like it and I really hope its enough to take me to London!
Even if not I’m proud to get this far.
Have a good week all,