A burger to blow your taste buds away

Beef or vegetarian, tofu or chicken - the burger is a global fastfood phenomenon!

Yousuf Bawany January 06, 2011
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mr Anonymous, the first person to actually think of putting a meat patty and a compendium of assortments (cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions being the most common) in between a bun. Genius! Little did he know that, what he had created would, end up being a global fast-food phenomenon. Beef or vegetarian, tofu or chicken - the options are endless.

Here’s a time-tested recipe that will make you forget all about the famous Big Mac you get at McDonalds. Unlike the aforementioned burger, this patty has a rich flavor served with a sauce which will give your sandwich an extra kick.

Ingredients for the patty

1 medium onion

1/2 kg beef, chicken or mutton

3-4 slices of bread (soaked and drained)

3-4 tbsp of BBQ sauce

Salt to taste

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp mustard sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

Ingredients for Tartar sauce

2 tbsp pickled relish or pickled cucumbers (chopped)

4 tbsp mayonnaise

1/4 tsp mustard sauce

Salt to taste

1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar


Mix all the ingredients for the patty and divide into two-inch balls.

Pat each ball into a circular disc about 4 inches in diameter.

Fry these patties in a pan (or grill them) until they are cooked.

Place each patty in a bun and make sure you smear the tartar sauce on both sides.

You can add cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard or BBQ sauce.


I almost forgot about the crispy wedges. So here’s how you make these:

Ingredients for wedges

3-4 medium potatoes (parboiled)

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tbsp corn flour

1/4 tsp paprika powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

Salt to taste


Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch wedges.

Mix the rest of the dry ingredients into a powder and sprinkle it evenly over the potatoes, making sure you coat all the sides properly.

Deep-fry in oil (you could try baking them but I’m not sure whether it will work or not)

Serve without delay

Hope you like it!

This blog was orginally published here.
Yousuf Bawany A writer who enjoys to cook foods from across the world. He blogs at http://yousufbawany.wordpress.com. He tweets @YousufBawany (https://twitter.com/YousufBawany)
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Muhammad Yousuf Bawany | 13 years ago | Reply Assalamoalaikum! Thank you Hina, Fahad, and Ghausia. You made my day. :D Allah Hafiz Yousuf
Fahad Khan | 13 years ago | Reply Nice burger. Yum Yum. I am a bug fan of home made burgers. They are healthy and tasty. You can "customize" them as much as you want. To all those who don't like fast food and burgers, try making one at home and sharing with families. And uh...don't forget the fries. (A burger isn't complete without fries.) Awesome blog as usual.
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