For any of you who have been following our social media pages you’ll see that we are in full harvesting mode here at Broglasco Farm with Richard giving Annemarie McAleese a bit of an overview on BBC Radio Foyle’s ‘Your Place or Mine’ on the 11th (which you can catch again on this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07jzvwd)
Whilst harvest is an amazing time, it is also a fairly frantic one for everyone at the farm, so trying to find the time to prepare a quick and delicious meal for a very busy, not to mention hungry, bunch of workers can often be challenging.
If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that I like to take inspiration from national food themes and in August we have National Burger Day (22nd), which luckily, is particularly handy served with a salad for just such an occasion.
We love making our own burgers and it is a great one for the kids to get involved on too. You know what is going into the burger and you can make them any size that you like. You can also pretty much add any ingredients that you like creating lots of different flavours; whether you are interested in something plain and simple, something where you add a little bit of spice, such as chilli or cumin, or prefer a lighter option using minced turkey instead, there really is something for everyone.
We’ve gone with simple and super tasty with this one so try out our delicious Broighter Burger recipe below, (we aim for 6 with this recipe) and although we’ve suggested a few light toppings you can go as big, or as light as you like – sometimes we add crispy bacon and melted cheese as a really indulgent and mouth-watering extra!
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 onion, finely chopped and fried
500 g quality minced beef
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard, (optional)
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 large free-range egg
Optional (but really tasty) ½ cup of grated cheddar
1 lettuce (cos, round or baby gem, whichever you prefer)
3 ripe tomatoes
1 red onion
Extra cheese of your choice (brie, cheddar, smoked, blue, whatever takes your fancy!)
Make or buy the breadcrumbs then tip into a large bowl.
Add a tbsp of Broighter Gold Original Rapeseed Oil to a frying pan and fry off your onions on a low heat for approx. 5-10 mins (the longer you cook them the more caramelised they will become adding sweetness)
Add the onions, mustard, soy sauce, egg, grated cheddar and the minced beef to the bowl along with a little seasoning.
With clean hands, scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into 6 and pat and mould each piece into a roundish shape, roughly 2cm thick.
Place the burgers onto a plate, drizzle with some rapeseed oil, then cover and place in the fridge until needed – this will help to firm them up.
To cook the burgers, preheat a large griddle, frying pan or the BBQ, for 4 minutes on a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium.
Place the burgers on the griddle, pan or BBQ, 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.
Meanwhile, wash and dry a few small lettuce leaves, slice the tomatoes, peel and finely slice the red onion, then slice the gherkins lengthways as finely as you can.
Place all the toppings, and the cheese on a platter and put in the middle of the table with plates, cutlery, ketchup and drinks.
Once cooked, remove the burgers to a plate, halve the burger buns (lightly toasted) and serve up with our side salad and French dressing recipe below.
Remaining lettuce leaves
1 cup olives, cut in halves or quarters
1 cup of halved or quartered baby tomatoes
1/4 cup finely sliced chives, or scallions.
2 oz shaved parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
To make your dressing add your dressing ingredients to a clean, empty jam jar and give a good shake until thick and emulsified (a great job for keeping the kids busy!)
Once all of your salad ingredients have been prepared simply add to a serving bowl, drizzle over some of your dressing, lightly mixing through with your hands and bring to the table along with the remaining dressing for anyone who would like a little bit more.
Don’t forget that you can find a whole range of other delicious Broighter Gold infused rapeseed oils, so if you prefer to experiment with some of our others flavours to create your own dressings then have a look at what we have available via our website, or take a look at our local stockist's list.