Big Beef Burgers {Woolworths/Masterchef}

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Big Beef Burgers

When you are given a “Mystery Box” filled with the following ingredients, what would you make? As a serious burger-freak, I knew I would be making a big, juicy, flavour-packed burger for my second assignment as one of the Woolworths bloggers for Masterchef SA season 2.

Woolworths Masterchef Ingredients (Image courtesy of Woolworths)

One thing I’ll admit is that I am not a fan of aubergine. It is so often either spongy or excessively oily and I just can’t get on board either of those. By frying the aubergines in a very hot pan in a litttle olive oil, you eliminate both sponginess and oiliness and you are left with a lovely, silky-textured slice of aubergine with a crisp exterior,  just perfect for layering on the burgers. I added a little chilli to the beef patties, because, well, why wouldn’t you (says the chilli freak)? Add some of Woolworths’ delectable tomato chutney and a few red onions caramelised with Balsamic vinegar and you have a kick-ass burger, perfect when served with some ice-cold beers and a few moist cloths to wipe up all the juices guaranteed to be running down your arms.

Big Beef Burgers

The Woolworths Masterchef Hub is a hive of activity with loads of recipes and fun ideas and if you think you can make a better dish with the ingredients I was given, hop on over because you stand a chance of winning one of fourteen R1000 Woolworths gift cards or the grand prize of a R10 000 gift card. 

To view the original recipe on the Woolworths website, click HERE.

Big Beef Burgers

Course Burgers, Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 chilli de-seeded and finely chopped
  • handful fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 t thyme leaves
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 egg

for the caramelised onions

  • 2 red onions
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 3 T Balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste

for the fried aubergines

  • 1 large aubergine sliced into 1cm slices
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • salt to taste

to serve

  • sesame buns halved and toasted
  • Woolworths tomato chutney
  • 2 to matoes sliced
  • ice berg lettuce
  • sliced gherkins


  • To make the burger patties, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  • Divide the mixture into four and form patties. Place on a clingfilm-lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • To make the caramelised onions, fry the onions in a splash of oil until soft and golden.
  • Add the sugar, brown sugar and Balsamic vinegar and allow to caramelise and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Set aside.
  • To make the fried aubergines, heat a generous splash of oil in a large frying pan and fry the aubergines until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Drain on kitchen paper and season to taste.
  • To cook the burgers, fry the patties in a large frying pan until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.
  • To serve, layer the tomato chutney, tomatoes, lettuce, gherkins, aubergines and beef patties on the toasted sesame buns.




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  • MLuisa My cute bride

    I wasn’t a big fan of aubergines until I tried “melanzane parmigiana” in a small “restaurant” (just 3 tables) in Naples. OMG. It was like a small piece of heaven in my mouth. Aubergines in a burger… sounds so tasty!

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m also not the biggest fan of aubergine but on the burger they had a lovely burst of flavour.

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