Beef-and-brinjal burgers

Beef-and-brinjal burgers

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Dairy free Fat conscious Health conscious
  • 30 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • La Motte Shiraz 2010

Swap the burger bun for a grilled brinjal half! Serve with cucumber and mint tabbouleh – and add a little feta if you're feeling indulgent.


  • Olive oil, for grilling
  • 4 medium brinjals, halved lengthwise
  • For the beef burgers, mix:
  • 500 g free-range beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped and fried
  • 1 extra-large free-range egg, beaten
  • 30 g bulgur wheat (1/4 cup)
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Butter lettuce leaves, for serving
  • For the cucumber and mint tabbouleh:
  • 60 g bulgur wheat (1/2 cup)
  • 4 - 5 small crisp cucumbers, chopped
  • 4 - 5 red salad onions, chopped
  • 6 - 8 radishes, chopped
  • 2 t fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 - 4 T olive oil
  • 2 - 3 T lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Divide the burger mixture into 4 portions and shape into patties. Coat with oil and grill in a cast-iron grill pan until nicely browned. Finish in the oven for 5 minutes. Grill the brinjal halves using the same pan.

To serve, sandwich the burger patties between the brinjal halves and serve with the tabbouleh and butter lettuce leaves. If you like, sprinkle with purple cress.

To make the tabbouleh, pour boiling water over the bulgur wheat and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Drain if necessary, then mix with the remaining ingredients.

Cook’s note: Make a meal of the salad, topping it with feta.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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