Burgers a la Johanne

In Denmark there seems to be a trend about burgers having to be “cafe burger” – this usually means that it contains meat (any kind and any shape, doesn’t have to be minced), bread and then anything goes, but the fancier the better. I love this – I also love traditional burger and other types of burgers. I especially love them in the summer when the barbecue is on.

I try to make my own buns as they are easy and much nicer than the bought ones.

Cafe Burger a la Johanne:

  • a slice of crispy, wide baguette, big enough for the burger to fit onto
  • a regular beef burger with salt and pepper and a little paprika
  • tomato ketchup mixed with chili flakes or chili sauce
  • mayonnaise mixed with fresh garlic
  • finely sliced cucumber, carrots and red onion pickled for about an hour in a mix of water, white vinegar, salt and sugar – make your own mixture and make it as sour or sweet as you like
  • Baby spinach leaves
Fry the burger, cut the bread, smear chili ketchup and garlic mayonnaise on the top and bottom of the bread. Now layer the burger: bread, spinach, pickled and meat………. it’s delicious, if I may say so myself!
Classic burger a la Johanne:
  • homemade burger bun with sesame seeds
  • Regular beef burger seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • OR: thousand island dressing
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 slices of tomatoes
  • sliced onions
  • pickled gerkins
  • Optional: crispy bacon and melted cheese

I serve this with potato wedges baked in the oven with a little bit of oil, salt and paprika. This is as traditional as it gets, but it always hits the spot with my family.

Greek Burger a la Johanne:

  • Burgers made out of: 500 g of minced beef, 1 egg, 2 cloves of garlic,1 teaspoon of each  thyme and oregano (preferably fresh, if you have it) and a teaspoon of salt.
  • Tzatziki. 2 dl of Green neutral yogurt and 1/2 cucumber, 1 clove of garlic and salt. Grate the cucumber and wring the water of if it. Mix into yogurt with garlic and salt.
  • Red onion
  • Mixed baby leaves of your choice.
  • Burger bun: homemade buns with with feta cheese and olives in

Spread a spoonful of the tzatziki on the bun, put baby leaves and burger on top. Put some more tzatziki and finish off with a few slices of red onions.

I serve this with Greek potatoes (wedges cooked in the oven with olive oil, thyme and lemon drizzled all over – cook til crisp) and hummus.

Ranch burger a la Johanne:

  • regular beef burger seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Soft bun or homemade with sesame seeds
  • white and red onions fried till soft ( a little bit of sugar softens the onions as they cook).
  • Mayonnaise mixed with mustard
  • Optional: lettuce, cucumber, ketchup

Cabbage burger a la Ripon:

The local fast food shop across from our house in Ripon used to make this burger and when we came home drunk, in the middle of the night, we would always buy one of these simple burgers:

  • Regular beef burger, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Homemade burger bun with sesame seeds
  • Very finely shredded red cabbage
  • Very finely cut red onions
  • sliced picked cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • Ketchup and mayonnaise

Layer the burger and enjoy! It’s very simple, but the crunchiness of the cabbage makes it delicious to bite into.

Burger a la Ripon with homemade sesame seed bun

Indian Burger:

Makes 4 burgers

  • 500 g (1lb) of mince lamb, mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 clove of garlic, a small chili, chopped, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, 1 onion, finely chopped, some fresh coriander, chopped,1 egg and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix all the ingredients, shape into 4 flat burgers and fry on a barbecue or a pan.
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of hot or mild mango chutney
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • finely sliced onions,
  • raita: yogurt mixed with freshly chopped coriander and chopped mint, grated ginger and grated garlic, a little bit of salt and sugar (yes, sugar) to taste.
  • Homemade burger buns made, topped with dried coriander or nigella seeds instead of sesame seeds.

Build up your burger starting with the mango chutney, then the raita, the lettuce and then the burger.

Mexican Burger (hot): Recipe makes 4

  • Take 1 lb minced beef and mix it with finely chopped onions, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and salt. Make 8 flat burgers, put chili cheese in a small pile on the middle of the 4 patties and put the remaining 4 patties on top, making 4 chili cheese stuffed burgers.
  • OR – take 1/3 tin of kidney beans and mix into 1 lb of minced beef. Add ground cumin, garlic and chili. Divide into 4 patties and fry.
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Mexican dressing: take 4 teaspoons of mayonnaise, mix it with 4 teaspoons of ketchup, mix in 1 clove of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of ground cumin. For extra spice (if it isn’t enough with the chili on the burgers and the jalapeños) add some chili powder or other chili product.
  • 4 burger buns – homemade ones……. they can be normal ones, but you can also bake them with a sprinkle of chili flakes on top of the bun.
Spread some of the sauce onto a bun, add lettuce, patty, avocado, onion and finish off with the top of the bun……

I hope you have found some renewed interest in burgers after reading this blog!

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