Friday, June 12, 2009

Burger Bonanza

In other parts of the world, it is the beginning of summer. In Germany, it is not. This week, my colleague told me with an earnest face that she honestly believed it would snow (and "why on earth are you wearing that summer dress?"). Maybe I'm in denial, maybe it's because I grill year round, but the last couple of weeks, I've been doing burgers.

Sometime a while back, I found good avocadoes & had to make some guacamole. Underneath, beef patties that had a little bit of red miso mixed in.

Recently, I went out to dinner at the Bootshaus in Heidelberg. I ordered the turkey burger from the menu. What surprised me was the turkey. It wasn't ground, it was 2 (or 3?) slices of marinated turkey in a bun with toppings. Juicy, tasty, a fun new idea.

Later, I found ground turkey in the supermarket. Quite the score here in Germany. I was thinking of grinding my own turkey, that's how seldom the stuff is in the stores. I took 300g of ground turkey, 3 tbsp mango chutney (a friend made it last year & gave me 3 jars), 1/2 a sauteed onion, zest of 1 lemon, a handful of chopped parsley, Old Bay spice, tobasco & chili powder. Topped off with 1/2 a grilled fig. Unfortunately my grill ran out of gas half-way through, but these are a definate remake, if I ever find the ground turkey again.

Cathy, at Accountants can cook? made some meatballs recently which seemed like the good start of a burger (the irony being that she herself grew tired of burgers). I adapted them & made patties:
300g ground beef
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp Oyster sauce
3 Tbsp chopped green onion
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 egg
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
soy sauce
coconut milk (they looked like they needed liquid)
chili powder

To satisfy carb-o-phobic tendencies (I should actually be going for a run right now), I made a Baji-like pancake
2/3 c chickpea flour
1/3 c regular flour
1 chopped chili
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp oil
salt to taste
water to mix.

I made a pancake like batter out of everything, then I made pancakes. Then I topped my pancakes with my burger, then with bean sprouts, then with Kecup Manis (my new Indonesian score) & then I ate it. Pretty simple stuff. I have a funny feeling this would go best with pork, though.There you go, burgers. Now all I need is some good weather to go along with them...


Cathy said...

We finally have good weather here - snow last weekend and +26 today :) And dude...I'm never really tired of burgers :) I made lamb burgers last night but forgot the cable for my camera to download and blog. And uh...the other night was a liquid dinner (groan).

I would eat burgers every day if I could. I got the new Bon Appetit magazine yesterday - around the world in 80 hot dogs. I think I may be trying that as my blog for the summer ;)

taste traveller said...

I totally think you deserve a liquid dinner! If it's any consolation, I had some bad rose as I was waiting for an army brat to get out of the pool (I'm not swimming in the same water as that 8-year old)

I used to be a huge fan of burgers, then I started dating a carb-o-phobe & then I started to get old... but bunless - mmmm....

Around the world in 80 hot dogs? This I gotta see! Please post! :-)

Cathy said...

I couldn't live without carbs - especially bread! I tried the bunless thing for awhile and hated it - so I eat the super thin whole wheat buns!

Ick to swimming in the pool with the 8 year old! I'm more a kid-a-phobe than I like to admit ;)

Yep - the vietnamese hot dog looks yummy. This may be my Friday night suppers for awhile.

taste traveller said...

A carb-less existence is a pretty poor one, I admit but it beats the alternative: more exercise! ;-)

Some kids are good. Some kids need to be smacked. This kid was one of the latter :-(

Vietnamese hot dogs? Again: please post!!! I just checked Bon Appetit online - don't have it listed (yet)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Fancy burgers are always nice! :)

Amanda said...

Mmmmm, I just love a good burger. I grill them all year long as well. I just can't keep away!

I love the combination of flavours you used for your ground turkey burger. Very creative!

taste traveller said...

The best part is: fancy burgers aren't much work. The turkey: it's got the sweetness of cranberry sauce, yet still the savoury spice of a burger.

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