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We just love our meat in Africa, and despite what many would want to believe, Africa is one meat-eating continent. In Nigeria, no meal is complete without large pieces of meat, designed to gladden a carnivore’s heart. And you only have to look no further than the national favourite called Suya which is a popular street food of spicy grilled meat.

The same thing holds true for Kenya. The popularity of nyama choma (which is Swahili or grilled mat) says it all, enjoyed with great gusto by both rural and city folk. And so, on this fine summers’ day in Zurich, in keeping with my forefathers’ love for grilled meats, the stage has been set for a classic grilled beef burger.

Now, if you are really serious about crafting an awesome burger, forget store-packed burger , and read on. Otherwise, grab a pack of store-packed burger patties and skip to the recipe!
There’s a couple of tips I always employ to deliver my classic homemade burger, and as with all things, it starts with the quality of your beef. Good food starts with using the best ingredients you can afford, and that means grass-fed beef.

Choose your cut carefully. An awesome burger needs a cut of beef that combines lean meat with fat. This is important because the fat delivers moistness and flavour so that you end up with seriously flavoursome and a moist burger. It’s not an exact science but the lean-to-fat ratio that works perfectly, in my opinion is about 15% – 20% fat versus 80% – 85% lean meat. I particularly favour the shoulder cut. It is inexpensive, and has that marbled fat that speaks volumes about the flavours to come.
Mince the meat yourself. I haven’t got a fancy meat mincing equipment, so I use my food processor. The trick to mincing using a food processor is to chop the meat into bite-sized cubed chunks, and then freezing it, until you are ready to mince. Use short bursts on the food processor until you achieve a coarse consistency.
Do not overwork the meat. Awesome burgers require minimal intervention otherwise, you risk ending up with tough, fibrous burgers. Season and gently form the seasoned mince into patties which should be similar in size.

To complement the flavours of the beef and spices, I have served this with my African hot pepper sauce, and some natural yoghurt, and if i say so myself, what a treat!

 

Beef Burger
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  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, add the minced meat, breadcrumbs, egg yolk, onion, garlic and spices. Do not add salt at this point. Mix gently to combine the ingredients. Do not overwork the mix otherwise the mixture will become mushy.
  3. Divide into 4 portions of roughly equal size, and gently flatten the portions until they are about three-quarters of an inch thick. Press the centre of each flattened portion down, so you have a slight indentation in the centre. This will prevent the centre from puffing up when the burger is cooking.
  4. Just before you place the burgers on the grill, salt the burgers, and brush a slither of coconut oil on the outside of the burgers.
  5. Grill on indirect heat, turning over frequently, until done.

 

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Nutrition Facts
Beef Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 484 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 769mg 32%
Potassium 354mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 13%
Iron 29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Emem

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