I made these burgers a while back to bring to a friends BBQ, they were very warmly received even before the punch started flowing so I’m pretty sure they were a hit. I made these ones last night with some brown rice. I’m always looking for ways to make brown rice a bit more interesting, it can be quite hard work, and this worked very well. I used Harissa at the end to give some heat and fresh flavour and it did its job, you can make it (see recipe in link) but I bought a jar from my local supermarket. I’m quite new to Harissa, I remember seeing it years ago and being a little afraid of its potential heat and kick but used in moderation (or not) it adds heat and an immense fresh flavour that can really lift a dish.
For the burgers:
A small pack of lean steak mince
An onion, finely chopped
A red pepper
A small handful of breadcrumbs
Half a beaten egg
Salt and pepper
A splash of Worcester Sauce
For the rice:
150ml of brown rice, rinsed
350ml of boiling water
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
A red and green pepper, cut into small dice
A bunch of spring onions, sliced
1 carrot, grated
2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of veg bouillon or a stock cube
A teaspoon of Harissa (or more if you like it hot!)
Roast 1 red pepper in a really hot oven for about 10/15 min, or scorch on the gas hob, until blackened. Put pepper in sealed container/plastic bag and leave to cool.
Soften the onion in a pan or in the microwave. Chop the roasted pepper. Add the onion and pepper to the mince, add the breadcrumbs, egg and seasonings, don’t forget the Worcester! – and mix, with your hands. Form into patties and chill until needed.
Heat a big saucepan and add a tablespoon of oil. Chuck in the spring onions, garlic, peppers and carrots and fry for a minute or so. Add the paprika and the rinsed rice and stir, making sure the rice is evenly coated in the oil and veg mix. Pour on the boiling water, add the stock and bring to the simmer. Cover, turn down the heat and leave to cook for 25 min.
Whilst the rice is cooking pan fry you burgers and keep warm in the oven until the rice is ready. Once rice is cooked, stir through a teaspoon of Harissa and serve with the burgers. I even got all fancy and put my rice in a cup then turned it out, timbale of spiced rice anyone?!
Optional extra – As I’m a condiment queen, I am obsessed with sauce, I whipped up a little spiced mayo to go with it. I mixed a tablespoon of mayo, a teaspoon of ketchup and half a teaspoon of Harissa together and served it on the side.