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Monday, 17 March 2014

The Real Deal Burger with a wonderful side salad

Yup this baby is the real deal, but waaaaaaay healthier. I mean you can make it even more healthy using lean turkey mince or chicken mince or make a veggie patty. But if you want something that aaaactually tastes like a damn good burger without all the fat and calories, here you go ;-)
Mine is all made from scratch and I can't give you real nutritional information because it depends what kind of beef you use. And I grilled my burger so that will trim off a loooot of fat as well, no added oil, so less calories than the package will be. Of course you don't have to make your own burger buns, but damn these are tasty, healthy and you know exactly what's in there. But probably they sell something similar in your local organic shop as well so if your lazy, just buy one ;-)

For the bun (7 buns)
400g spelt flour
5g yeast
few drops stevia
2 tbsp olive oil
240ml warm water
big pinch of sea salt
sesame seeds for sprinkling on top

for the burger (2 servings)
300g lean organic minced beef
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
1 tsp pepper spicy powder
1 tsp palm sugar
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
good pinch of sea salt

Mix all the dry ingredients for the buns and the wet ingredients in a different bowl and combine with a mixer or your hands until you have a firm dough. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. Now you can pre heat the oven on 180 degrees Celsius. Combine all the ingredients for the burgers and shape them until you have 2 patties (tip wet your hands a bit this makes it way easier to handle the meat). Form little balls of the dough and place them on a sheet of baking paper on the rack in the middle of the oven and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake them for about 20 minutes until done and slightly browned. Grill your burger in your burger medium, rare or well done (I like it well done, it's better to digest when the beef is done all the way). Serve your burger on your bun with whatever you like. For my burger I used: Bun, organic ketchup, caramelised onions, burger, goat cheese crumbled on top, lettuce, cucumber tomato, alfalfa and the other half of the bun and served it with some greens and a wonderful celeriac salad from one of my favourite new cookbooks: Le Pain Quotidien.

Celeriac? You probably think now, yes this ugly looking vegetable you probably have seen in your local shop is actually really yummy and healthy.

EXTRA RECIPE: For the salad you simply mix 2 tbsp mayonnaise (I use a reduced fat one) with 2 tbsp of Greek 0% yogurt, salt, pepper, agave syrup and 1 tsp turmeric. Combine until you have a nice dressing and then it's time to add half of the celeriac, shredded. Add a big hand of goji berries or dried cranberries and mix until everything is well combined, let it sit for at least 15 minutes so the celeriac and berries will soke up the dressing.


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