During my holidays in Sweden we did a lot of BBQs, at least once or twice a week, and my father’s least favourite thing was when we decided that it was Burger time! Not because he didn’t like the burgers, quite the contrary but he kept complaining that it was difficult to clean the BBQ grill afterwards 😉
I refuse to buy ready-made burgers when it is so easy to make them yourself. In Puerto Rico I very often make a batch of burgers & meatballs (using the same recipe, just different shapes!) and freeze them – perfect for lunch or a quick dinner. You might notice in the recipe below that I don’t use egg or bread crumbs which most recipes include – I don’t think those ingredients are needed.
500 grams – 1 kilo minced meat (beef + pork / veal)
1 onion, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
a handful of grated Parmesan cheese (can be excluded)
1 heaped tablespoon of French mustard
a handful of chopped parsley OR
various dried herbes & spices such as basil, oregano, chili pepper etc (what you have at home)
Shape into burgers – I usually try to make them quite big but relatively thin, or meatballs – whatever you prefer! Grill on a BBQ or fry in a frying pan with olive oil. Serve with oven-baked potatoes and a salad.
Delicious side dishes include grilled Cypriot halloumi cheese and grilled peppers & aubergine – just put the peppers and aubergine on the grill and cook until soft, then peel off the skin of the peppers and indulge!
Not burgers but my mother’s delicious oven-baked new potatoes! And my favourite china – my great grandmother’s Alva plates from Gustavsberg..
Oh, I think that I just became a little homesick… and hungry!