Chilli con Carne Burgers.

BAD JOKE ALERT:

How many Mexicans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Juan. (sorry)

You’ll be shaking your piñatas and whacking out your sombrero after this Mexican feast! Perfect for a fiesta or simply an evening in the sun – we can at least pretend we’re in Mexico and not boring old Blighty. **sigh**

My brother is the king of burgers, so I daren’t attempt the classic beef burger in his presence, but I think this is different enough for me to give a whirl. Everyone loves burgers, and everyone loves a chilli – and this is basically just a less-sloppy chilli in burger form.

So here we go!  This makes enough for 8 large burgers, and would be great on the barbie.

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Ingredients:

  • 1kg beef mince (don’t use extra-lean as you want the fat to keep the burgers moist and flavoursome)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato purée
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of bread whizzed in a processor)
  • 400g tin of drained kidney beans
  • 1 Tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tsp. coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (use a good quality one to really bring add a little something something)
  • 2 chopped red chillies, or to taste
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • burger buns, to serve

Simple as!

Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl (except the burger buns, obviously!) until thoroughly combined. Hands are best for this if you don’t mind getting your fingers messy.

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Shape into 8 burgers, or more or fewer depending on appetite. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Heat the oven to 220 and cook for 8-12 minutes. You can do this on the hob but it’s far healthier in the oven as there’s no excess oil produced, plus they hold their shape much better.

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Once the burgers are cooked, serve with toasted burger buns, a side salad and guacamole, recipe below!

  • 1 avocado
  • 5 or 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • sprinkling of dried red chillies
  • drizzle of lemon juice, from 1/2 a lemon

Mash up the avocado until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients. No hay bronca! (No problem!)

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