Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A badass spicy burger recipe...

My good friend JP had his recipe for 'Merguez Burgers' published in the Guardian 'Readers Recipe Swap' on Saturday! Isn't that exciting? Inspired by the well known spiced Merguez sausage, the burgers are simple to make and JP tells me that they're absolutely delicious accompanied with a glass of medium sweet Reisling! (you could try this one or my favourite, Alsace Riesling - Marks and Spencer do a nice one).

Tempted to give it a try this weekend? Here's JP's recipe from the Guardian reader's recipe swap:

I conjured up these burgers for a barbecue after enjoying the tasty spicy sausages at my local pub. The rich, spicy flavour works brilliantly in a chunky burger, and so much simpler than messing around with sausage casings. For best results bash the spices together in a pestle and mortar rather than buying them ready-ground. Jean-Paul Dash, London

Makes 8

For the spice mix:

1 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp ground fennel
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper

For the burgers:

1 kg steak mince
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
A handful of coriander, chopped
3 tsp harissa 

For the garlic yoghurt:

250g natural yoghurt
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
A sprinkle of chopped chives

1. Mix the burger ingredients and spice, divide into 8 patties, and refrigerate.

2. Sprinkle the garlic with a pinch of salt to help it infuse, then stir into the yogurt along with the chives.

3. Cook the burgers under the grill or on the barbecue for about 6-8 minutes.

4. Serve on buns with wild rocket and a dollop of the yogurt.

Click here for the full Guardian Readers' recipe swap: burgers article. I think this is a great series and you can find more Readers' recipe swap with Felicity Cloake here!

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