Generally when I make burgers I tend to keep things very simple; just some good quality minced beef, seasoning and perhaps a little chopped onion. But occasionally I fancy a burger that packs a bit more of a flavour punch. This was the mood I found myself in the other day when I was about to make burgers for the barbecue.
Flicking through a few cookbooks for some flavour ideas, I came across a recipe for bobotie, a South Africa favourite, which could be described as a curried meatloaf. I rather liked the sound of beef flavoured with curry spices and fruit chutney. This was the inspiration I needed, and my bobotie spiced burger was born. Fruity and spicy, it was a winner with the whole family, especially the kids who are big fans of dried apricots.
I served my bobotie spiced burgers in sesame seed buns with some chargrilled courgettes and red peppers.
Bobotie spiced beef burgers
500g minced beef
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp chilli powder
pinch of nutmeg
8 dried apricots, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
Simply place the minced beef and all the other ingredients in a large bowl and combine well.
Using your hands, form the mixture into six balls and then flatten each one into a thick patty.
Cook the burgers on the barbecue for four to five minutes on each side, until just cooked through and ideally a little pink inside – although you’ll probably want to cook them a little longer for young children or pregnant women. Alternatively cook in a griddle pan or under a grill.
Serve in toasted burger buns with salad and perhaps some chargrilled vegetables.
I’m entering my bobotie spiced burger into my very own Spice Trail challenge, where the theme this month is Summer Spice.
I’m also entering my burgers in the Four Seasons Food challenge hosted by Eat Your Veg and Delicieux where the theme for July is Al Fresco.
14 thoughts on “Bobotie spiced beef burgers”
Oh my Jesus that looks delish!
Thank you so much! They weren’t bad!
Might give your recipe a try (or get someone else to make them for me ^_^ )
Oh yes please! I’m yet to make my own burgers so will be trying your recipe soon! Thanks Vanesther x
You’re very welcome Sylvia! Do let me know what you think if you give them a go.
I like the spicing combo you have used, I’ll have to try that in my next veggie burgers. It’s easy to use the same spicing all the time when you find something that works.
Thanks Jac. I can imagine this mix working really well in a spicy bean burger. Might well try that next time.
lovely idea. I do not tend to add much spice to burgers but I should as I add it to pretty much everything so will try your combination as it sounds delicious.
Thanks Nazima. I’m usually the same but sometimes I just have a need for spice!
I’m simply drooling right now…!
I fell in love with bobotie on my recent trip to Cape Town, so I really like the idea of these.
I really must try proper bobotie – it sounds delicious. Maybe when autumn arrives and our Aga gets switched on again…
: These are my kind of burgers – lean and layered with lots of bold flavors! I just love it – now I need to find those BEEF burgers!
Thanks! LOVE a good beef burger!