ITS NATIONAL BURGER DAY! Get ready Britain because I am switching up the traditional beef patty. Using pork instead and three crazy but creative topping ideas – brie and bacon; pineapple and peanut butter; chorizo and manchego – these treats are perfect as a party appetiser or can be sized up and enjoyed on a typical rainy British summer day.
Makes 6 mini burgers
- 250g lean pork mince
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
- 6 mini burger buns, halved
- 1 buffalo tomato, sliced lengthways
- handful of rocket
- skewers for serving
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Add the pork mince and spices to a large mixing bowl. Wet your hands and form into 6 equally sized patties.
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat, add the patties and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until they are brown all the way through.
- Build your burger! This is where you should add any extra toppings that you want.
Per basic burger – mini burger buns must be used (31g bread per bun):
Pork – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.
Tomatoes – massively high in vitamin C for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis; it also has functions in detoxification and as an antioxidant. It also gives you vitamin A for vision and immune function, and potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction.
Bread – high in quick-release carbohydrate if white bread is selected, or fibre for digestion if wholemeal is selected.
Brie and bacon:
Add two slices of lean bacon, two slices of brie, and a dollop of cranberry sauce when building your burger!
Brie – even though it has a relatively high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.
Bacon – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.
Pineapple and peanut butter:
When frying the patties, add the pineapple to the pan as well and it will heat up and go all crispy! Slather peanut butter to the bun and add the pineapple to the top of the stack.
Pineapple – this sweet fruit is high in thiamin, riboflavin and B6 for energy release.
Peanut butter – peanuts are high in biotin and niacin for energy release, and copper for enzyme function and blood clotting.
Chorizo and manchego:
Chorizo – Although relatively high in fat and salt, this meat is good for adding texture and flavour to meals.
Manchego – even though it has a relatively high fat content, cheese is high in calcium for bone strength and stability.
Add two slice of cooked chorizo, a ring of red pepper and two slices of manchego cheese to the stack.