Mexican Burgers

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Mexican Burger

My love for a good burger is unlike the love I have for other food. I don’t know why this is so but I constantly revert to this delicious classic when I am out of ideas. Who doesn’t like a good, juicy burger? I have to say though, that you haven’t had a good burger until you’ve made the patties yourself. It takes minimal effort but the result is so pleasing and satisfying that you won’t want to go back to buying your patties ready-made. Not only are the possibilities endless when it comes to making your own patties but you also know what went into them, so you know what you’re feeding your family, something you just don’t know when you’re buying patties ready-made.

Mexican Burger

When you marry my love for a good burger with my love for all things Mexican, things could get dangerous…and seriously delicious. I’ve had avocado on burgers before but I’ve always felt that it drains the burger’s flavours because I don’t think many people make guacamole right, I like mine zingy with lemon and with loads of cracked black pepper. And I couldn’t even think of doing a Mexican burger without adding some spicy home-made salsa. I kept mine very, very simple by finely chopping tomatoes, red onion and parsley (you could use fresh coriander as well) and adding a bit of chilli for some kick.

Mexican Burger

I added a variation of spices to my burger patty and even though I only used beef mince, I think adding some pork would be really nice as well. The result was scrumptious and lip-smacking good! Serve this with real corn chips for authenticity or with spicy potato wedges. And don’t forget the extra lemon and chillies!

Makes 4-6 burgers

1kg lean beef mince (ground beef)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp paprika
1-2tsp salt
cracked black pepper
4-6 slices of cheese

4-6 fresh, hamburger buns

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Heat a large frying pan and add some oil.
  • Fry a small amount of the burger mixture to check the seasoning. Adjust if necessary.
  • Form the mince mixture into burgers and fry for +- 4 minutes per side until browned and cooked through. When you’ve flipped the burger the first time, place a slice  of cheese on the patty and allow to melt while the patty is cooking.
  • Serve on a fresh bread roll with home-made salsa and guacamole.

For the Guacamole :

2 large, ripe avocados
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt & pepper to taste

  • Remove the avocado flesh from the skin and mash with the lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  • Set aside until you’re ready to use it.

Tomato & onion salsa:

3 large, ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped (remove the seeds if you don’t like it hot)
salt & pepper to taste

  • Combine all the ingredients and mix through.
  • Set aside until you’re ready to use it.

Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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