Homemade Hamburgers

Every now and then I go over to the Healthy Food Guide and grab a recipe for dinner. They have hundred of recipes that are healthy, low-cost (using few ingredients) and easy!

As a kiwi, I enjoy an outdoor barbecue every now and then! And like most, I also enjoy creating a homemade hamburger! Seems awfully simple and not entire worthy of a blog post, but helpful none the less.

Homemade Hamburgers
Serves 6

  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic or onion salt (I used regular cooking salt)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Place the beef mince, carrot, onion, salt and rolled oats into a bowl. Mix with clean hands and divide into 6 lots. Press each lot into a saucer to make a patty, or shape patty with your hands. At this stage place all 6 patties on a plate and pre-cook in the microwave for around 5 minutes. This really speeds up the cooking process!

Now if you’ve got yourself a beautiful sunny evening, you can use the BBQ to cook these. I didn’t so I sprayed a frying pan. Put patties in and fry, turning, until cooked. Remember to turn down the heat if you find they are cooking too fast.

Split buns in half. Grill until golden. Spread with tomato sauce. To put hamburgers together, place cooked meat patty on top of sauce, then tomato slices on top, then lettuce and other salad ingredients of your choice! Put lid on top and serve. Yummy.

Soya Sauce and Roasted Peanut Pasta Salad

I love Summer, purely because I get to eat lots and lots of different types of salad!  Somehow salads don’t seem so appealing as a meal in the midst of Winter. Mesculin, roasted vegetable, pasta….salads are just delicious!

This pasta salad is seriously good! Saturday night was my first barbecue of the season and I took along this dish. It is very easy to throw together at the last minute and it is super tasty. I used spiral pasta but the original recipe uses vermicelli (a slender version of spaghetti!). You can add a small amount of chopped parsley to add a bit of greenery and flavour.

Soya Sauce and Roasted Peanut Pasta Salad

  • 4 cups of pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 4 cups of roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 a cup of soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse the pasta then toss in oil. Add the soya sauce and sunflower seeds.

Toss the peanuts in a splash of olive oil and a teaspoon of rock salt. Microwave on high for about 10 minutes. Be sure to stop and stir these every two or so minutes so they do not burn. Let the peanuts stand for 10 minutes to cool.

Add peanuts to the pasta mix, along with the parsley. Toss slightly and chill in the fridge until needed. Enjoy!