03 December 2012

Southern African recipes: Bobotie Burger

A while back we posted Heston Blumenthal's boerewors burger recipe on this blog. Now I found another great South African take on a traditional burger - the Bobotie Burger. The food editor of the South African newspaper "Sunday Times", Hillary Biller, presented the recipe on Expresso, a morning show aired on SABC3.

  • 1 thick sliced white bread, crusts removed
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 30ml (2Tbs) oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2Tbs) curry powder
  • 1kg beef mince
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 10 dried apricots, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes
  • 1 extra large egg
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Soak the bread in milk. Heat the oil and fry the onion till soft. Add the curry powder and fry till fragrant. Remove from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the mince with the onion and curry mixture. Season generously. Using your hands squeeze out the milk from the bread, reserving the milk, and add the softened bread to the mince and mix through.
  • Remove apricots from water and chop finely. Add to mince. Combine the egg and served milk and add to mince with lemon zest and juice.
  • Using wet hands, shape the mince into 12 burger patties. Place on a tray and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. In a non-stick pan fry the patties in a little oil for 8-10 minutes and turn and cook on the other side. Serve in rolls topped with fried onions, tomato slices and Mrs Ball’s chutney. (via expressolive.tv)
If you want to serve your Bobotie Burger with Sweet Potato Chips, visit the website of the Expresso Morning Show, click on Food, register yourself and scroll through their various South African and international recipes.

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