Two weeks ago I joined the Brussels hikers meet-up group for another deadly 30 km hike. Given that we leave civilization in the morning and do not get back to the city before it’s dark, it is necessary to have food for the entire day of fun and mud. I took my time for preparation and killed two birds with one stone, when I cooked balanced nutritious meal for a demanding day and at the same time created a new recipe for you guys. Here they are – my hamburger patties. Cook them with love!
Ingredients (about 6 mini-burgers):
- 250 g ground beef
- Fresh spinach leaves – chopped
- Mushrooms – chopped into small pieces
- 1 onion – finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves – crushed
- 1 avocado
- Fresh or frozen parsil (about what fits in your palms)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (optional, I do not usually use it, but wanted to make it more dense)
- 1 egg – whisked (if you add more veggies, you may want to add another egg so that the patties hold together. Judge according to the texture of your “batter”)
- African meat rub spice mix (similar to Berber meat spice mix. Get it from an Arabic shop. In Europe, Sonnetor makes excellent Berber spice mix)
- salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste
- pork lard for frying
- Heat the pork lard on a heavy skillet.
- In a food processor mix together the avocado, crushed garlic and parsil, combine all the “dry” veggies – spinach, mushrooms, onion. Mix together the ground beef with African meat rub and coconut flour.
- Add the avocado mix to the meat. Mix well.
- Use your hands to combine meat mixture with the veggies. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste.
- Stick it all together with 1 (o more if necessary) whisked egg.
- Form about six small patties (I used 1/2 cup measure for each)
- Fry from both sides until slightly brown and well cooked through.
As these mini-burgers have quite a lot of veggies in already, you dont really need a side dish. Yet, you can serve them with anything that comes to your mind from a simple salad, baked sweet potato, plantain chips to just a handful of cherry tomatoes, which is also a good option for a “to-go” lunch or snack. They will be also great in the middle of an “eggplant-bun”. Portable, delicious, nutritious. I hope you like them!
Eat well and live loud!