A friend suggested I call this recipe the ‘LAMBington Burger”. We must confess that we didn’t invent the Lamington Burger idea, but we wanted to try it as soon as we heard about it. So here’s the recipe we created to celebrate Australia Day.
This is a do it yourself style burger where everyone can mix and match their own ingredients. If you have some unadventurous guests put out some regular burger buns. Feel free to add or swap the ingredients around.
The Aussie Lamington Burger Recipe
a sprig of fresh flat-leaf parsley
500 g quality minced beef
1 large free-range egg
6 rashes of bacon
1 red onion
a couple of leaves of lettuce
3 ripe tomatoes
6 slices of Cheddar cheese, optional
2 heaped tablespoons tomato sauce, optional
- Finely chop the parsley and add to the bowl with the minced beef.
- Crack the egg into the bowl, then add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
- With clean hands mix all of the ingredients together. Then divide into 6 balls. Pat and mould each ball into a roundish shape, roughly 2 cm thick.
- Place the burgers on to a plate and drizzle them with oil. Then cover and place in the fridge until needed – this will help to firm them up.
- To cook the burgers, preheat a large frying pan for 5 minutes on a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium.
- Place the burgers into the pan, then use a spatula to lightly press them down, making sure the burger is in full contact with the pan. Cook the burgers for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, depending on how you like them.
- Once cooked, remove the burgers onto a clean serving plate.
- Cook the bacon rashers and add to another plate.
- Meanwhile, wash and dry a few small lettuce leaves, tearing up the larger ones. Slice the tomatoes, peel and finely slice the red onion.
- Then slice the gherkins lengthways as finely as you can.
- Place all of the toppings, and the cheese on a platter and put in the middle of the table with tomato sauce.
- Halve the lamingtons and lightly toast them in the pan, then serve up.
Serves 6 people.
We decided the lamington burgers were a once-off experience. If you try it, please let me know what you think?