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National Burger Day: 3 incredible and delicious burger recipes to try at home

Thai chicken burgers. Picture: Sarah Sydney

Thai chicken burgers. Picture: Sarah Sydney

Published May 27, 2022


Every May 28, National Hamburger Day celebrates one of the most iconic foods in the world.

Originating in Hamburg, Germany, the hamburger – as we know it – was developed in Seymour, Wisconsin, a town still famous for its hamburger heroics.

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Whether you choose the steak ranch style with generous patties and all the trimmings, or a new age smash-burger with gourmet toppings, be sure to indulge in one.

Here are the top burger recipes you can try in the comfort of your home.

Thai chicken burgers. Picture: Sarah Sydney

Thai chicken burgers

Servings: 2


2 brioche or sourdough buns

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2 chicken burger patties


2 tbs Newman’s horseradish

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Sliced onions

Sliced cucumber

Lettuce and alfalfa sprouts

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Red chilli (optional)

Coriander mint slaw

5 tbs good fat garlic aioli

1 tbs chopped mint leaves

1 tbs chopped coriander leaves

Squeeze of lime


Spray olive oil in a pan on medium heat.

Cook burger patties on each side for 4-5 minutes, till golden brown.

Mix all ingredients for the coriander and mint slaw.

Assemble the burger by slathering coriander mint slaw mustard on the base of each bun, and place burger patties and toppings.

Serve with hot chips.

Recipe by Sarah Sydney

Mighty Avo Hamburger. Picture: Supplied

Mighty Avo Hamburger

Serves: 4


For the avo meat patties

500g lean beef mince

1 egg, lightly beaten

15ml meat spice

1 large ripe avocado, mashed

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

For the burgers

4 sesame buns

2 large ripe avocados, peeled and sliced

2 ripe tomatoes, sliced

1 red onion, sliced

4 cheese slices

Fresh rocket or salad leaves

Micro herbs to garnish


Mix all the patty ingredients together lightly with a small fork, do not over mix or the patty will be tough. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Shape into 4 patties.

Brush the patties lightly on both sides with oil and cook them on a very hot cast iron griddle pan, until nicely browned and cooked through. Use a large flat spatula to turn the patties.

Slice the buns in half and toast the cut sides.

To assemble, place lettuce on the bottom half of each bun, top with the meat patty, and cheese slices, add the sliced avocado, a slice of tomato, and add the onion and garnish with micro herbs. Serve.

Recipe by South African Avocado Growers’ Association

Asian-style pork burgers. Picture: Supplied

Asian-style pork burgers

Serves: 4


600g pork mince

20ml grated fresh ginger

5ml chopped garlic

125ml chopped fresh coriander

45ml sweet chilli sauce

10ml sesame oil

250ml fresh breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper

Oil, for frying

Sesame buns

Lettuce and sweet chilli sauce, for serving

Pickled slaw

250ml white cabbage, shredded

250ml red cabbage, shredded

15ml salt

125ml rice vinegar

20ml - 30ml castor sugar

5ml yellow mustard seeds


In a bowl, combine the mince, ginger, garlic, coriander, sweet chilli sauce, sesame oil, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture into four portions and shape it into patties. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry on medium heat for 5 minutes a side. To ensure the burgers are fully cooked, place them in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.

Serve on sesame buns, with lettuce, pickled slaw, and extra sweet chilli sauce or with potato wedges if desired.

Slaw: Combine the white and red cabbage in a bowl. Sprinkle the salt, and allow it to stand for 20 minutes.

Rinse well and allow to drain thoroughly.

Transfer to a bowl. Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and mustard seeds, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over the cabbage, refrigerate and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

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