I've been tantalising you guys all week with this burger on Facebook. Trying to make you choose between a vegetarian option and this here mighty beef burger. For all you meat lovers there is no choice or comparison! Burger all the way. So for all you vegetarians I apologise... I will post the equally scrumptious Roasted Eggplant and Garlicky Tahini Pita next week to make up for this beefy goodness! Trust me you meat lovers will love this vegetarian options too but for now lets delve into this beefy goodness!
I crave a good burger every known and again. When I want to sink my teeth into a burger I want to feel good about what I am eating. Know what is in it, how it is made and that the ingredients and bun is fresh. Do you get me? Not feel nauseous, guilty and blah after delving into the golden arches and "famished" jacks versions of burgers. Don't get me wrong I have had my fair share of these types of burgers. I think I practically lived off them as a teenager. Now that I am older and wiser (and my metabolism has slowed down considerably) I want my burger to love me back a little. This would be my perfect beef burger with all the perfect fillings - crunchy lettuce, juicy sweet tomato, mustardy mayonnaise, dark barbecued onions with a juicy flavoursome beef patty topped with pickles! Yeah I'm a pickles fan once in a while!
My usual recipe of making a beef patty was drenched with two types of sauces, BBQ and tomato sauce. I wanted to try and make a version that is a little bit healthier to feed my boys (big and small). As I type this I look down as the crunchy chips photo and notice a big bowl of tomato sauce on the side.... So I guess I'm not exactly advocating total sugar free here! For those who are die hard sugar free folks I would exchange the tomato sauce for a big dollop of English or Dijon mustard!
To accompany a dashingly delicious beef burger would have to be some seriously good chips. These chips are very easy to make and are not deep fried! They're oven baked and they are crunchy and delicious. The secret to my Golden Crunchy Chips is to parboil floury potatoes cut into chips (not waxy ones as they won't do the trick) for a few minutes until just tender but still hold there shape. Drain them and then put the lid back onto the saucepan and shake the heck out of them for 5-10 seconds. By doing this you bash them around a bit and make the edges all furry and fluffy. This little bits that have been bashed up make the most deliciously crunchy chip. A little drizzle of oil will help them go golden and a sprinkling of salt to add flavour. How simple is it to make fresh chips with only 3 ingredients! With spring in the air it's time to fire up those BBQ's, dust off that outdoor setting and whip up one of these pretty special burger and fries!
* A quick note about the Allspice Pimento - I found this spice in my local supermarket. It is different to general Allspice. It gives the burger the "tomato sauce" flavour without the sauce. I have used this spice previously to make my own tomato sauce with and it is what gives the sauce its "spicy" flavour.
A great substitute to potatoes would be sweet potato, by using the same method as I have described above you can have yourself a crunchy sweet potato chip alongside your juicy beef burger ~ heaven!
If you're more of a pie person why not check out my Perfect Pie recipe. Its a great way to use up leftover roast meat up or simple substitute that with some premium lean mince.