5 September 2012

Mini Mexican Turkey Burgers

'Some Nights' by Fun.

My sister was in Malaysia and Sydney the same time I was galavanting around New York and one of the first things she wanted me to listen to as soon as she landed was this album. Strange, because she is normally into N.W.A, and DMX! 

This week has been a shambles. 
Which is a shame considering I wanted to bake gluttonously, unfortunately fitness has to be prioritised for the next two weeks, I'm cycling fifty four miles in seven hours soon and quite stressed about it all. So what cheers a girl up midweek? A BURGER (and jaffa cakes). I would like to stress that the burger above is slightly healthier than it's counterparts, it looks simple, non cheesy and really cool. SOLD? If that's a no, please read on...

I didn't eat as many burgers as I thought I would out in NYC, surprisingly the Mexican cuisine was pretty big, so there was more delving into tacos, wraps and guacamole. At first I thought the burger was American through and through - now I'm not so sure. The term 'hamburger' is named after Hamburg in Germany so are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yes, maybe Hamburg was where it originated but in New York is where it was credited. Anyone of course is welcome to let me know what they know. 

Getting back to the mini incredibles above, ever since I've been back there has been an urge  to make a fat cheesy greasy burger. And let's face facts, we all love it, plonked next to a plate of fries and a naughty condiment it's a comfort food made for weekends and late nights when the kebab shop has shut. Old El Paso and Discovery have got all that sorted in supermarkets with their kits complete with almost everything, so we can all have a Mexican themed dinner (mentioned because I use them not PR enforced). I recently purchased a packet of fajita seasoning and stored it ready for a rainy day. Surprisingly this week London has been anything but rainy which meant BBQ food galore, aka burger time. As an avid baker I refrained from buying burger baps and of course made my own baps topped with sesame seeds. How cute are they sort of shaped like cakes?! Adorable.

Recipe second and random statements first...

1.Now this bread recipe makes 12 burger baps in a cupcake tin, which doesn't mean make 12 burgers! Save the others for sandwiches or with soup the next day.
2.Turkey is the new chicken for moi, mainly due to it's incredibly low saturated fat content.
3. Guacamole is the new love of my life.


450g strong bread flour
7g packet of dried yeast
250ml hot water (100ml boiling to two parts warm)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
15ml toasted sesame seed oil

Sesame seeds on buns once proved.

1 large ripe avocado
1 tbsp lime juice
Fresh coriander 
1 small red chilli deseeded (imperative otherwise the chilli will be an over kill)
1 small garlic clove

250g turkey thigh mince
1 tsp fajita seasoning
1 small garlic clove crushed.
Fresh chopped coriander
Chilli and coriander breadcrumbs (or plain)
Extra- virgin olive oil


: First make the bread by mixing dry ingredients and oil, then pour water in the middle. Knead for 10 minutes non stop. Leave in a warm place for 45 minutes to prove.
: Once doubled in size, preheat the oven to 200°c. Take a small handful of the dough and roll into a flat ball, place in cupcake slot and press some sesame seeds on top.
: Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown, making sure they are hard to tap at the top and bottom, be careful and use oven gloves!
: Put all the ingredients for guacamole in a blender and whizz until you are happy with texture. Some like it chunky, personally biting into garlic is a nightmare so I opt for smooth.
: Lastly mix thigh mince with garlic, coriander and seasoning. Lather your hands with oil and roll into 3 medium balls, flatten then pat in breadcrumbs. Fry on non stick pan for 5 minutes each side.
: Organic ketchup at the ready, or salsa, sour cream and make your burgers. Stick a bamboo skewer in the middle so it's easy to pick up, squash and bite.

Here's a picture of a burger with sour cream instead of ketchup, I totally forgot to stick the skewer in the middle so it looks rather tall..


Favourite Song:

ê 'We Are Young' - feat Janelle Monáe
ê 'Some Nights'