Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Recipe: Homemade Pork Burgers with Relish

These burgers were some of the most flavourful and moist burgers I have ever had- the texture is just divine! I've never actually cooked with pork mince but it seemed to work quite well as burgers. The relish is really nice as well- very simple, but it ends up tasting just like the relish you get in burger bars, which is kinda what i wanted tonight! I'm in a bit of a tizz at the moment actually, as our oven has just broke! Don't know who on earth to call- who fixes ovens?? Looks like you might be getting cold/ salad recipes on here for the next couple of months, haha!

Homemade Pork Burgers, with cucumber and tomato relish (makes 4 burgers, so serves 2-4)

1 tbsp olive oil (plus more for when you griddle the burgers)
1 red onion, finely diced
450g lean minced pork
Handful fresh basil, finely chopped
6 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
4 burger baps (white and with sesame seeds is my preference)
Salad as garnish (optional)

The relish
½ medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
150g tomatoes, seeded and diced
100g ketchup
1 level tsp Barts hot chilli paste in sunflower oil
Bit of black pepper

1. First of all, fry the red onions in 1 tbsp of olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until softened, and set aside. Mix the minced pork, basil, sundried tomato, cooked red onions and plenty of seasoning in a mixing bowl (this is best to do with your hands!). Do this until everything is well mixed and is coming together a bit better.
2. Shape the mince into 4 burgers, place gently on a plate, and put in the fridge for 30 minutes (this helps them keep their shape whilst cooking). Now mix all the relish ingredients in a bowl, season to taste, and set aside.
3. Preheat the oven onto 220C, and put a griddle pan onto high heat. Pour a little oil onto the griddle pan, and fry each burger 2 minutes each side (depending on size of pan, you may want to do it 1 or 2 at a time- each time you put a new burger on, add a little more oil to prevent sticking). Place these burgers onto a baking tray, and put in the oven for 10 minutes.
4. Serve the burger in the baps with a couple of tablespoons of relish, and some salad on the side.

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