Christmas burger with chestnuts |

Christmas preparations

Are you all wrapped up in the preparations for Christmas? Did you order your Turkey, made your cranberry sauce and thought about dessert? 🙂 I have to say that I am very late this year with all the Christmas stuff. Haven’t even decorated the house yet! That will be taken care of next week though. It’s just been busy and while I would normally decorate everything myself, this year Tom said he wanted to do it together. And that is sweet but it also means I have to wait until we both have a day free to do just that. And since he tends to work when I’m not and vice versa… you see the issue right?

Christmas burger with mango chutney |

The most laid back Christmas main

Now you might not consider a hamburger worthy of a Christmas dinner, but think about it: this baby is delicious, easy, has the perfect Christmassy flavours and will save you lots of stress. Sounds to me like the perfect low-key Christmas dinner or if you prefer you can just enjoy it right now. This burger is made with ground beef, cooked chestnuts and ham inside. Top it with some delicious mango chutney and you’re good to go.

Christmas burger with mango chutney |

We’re actually going out with family (in law) on the first Christmas day. The next day Tom and I will attempt to make a masterchef pressuretest together. We’ve decided to go for the Snickers pie from Shannon Bennet, from masterchef Australia. So prepare for some hilarious moments.. 🙂 I don’t think we will actually be able to put something up that resembles Shannon’s dish but we will for sure make an attempt.

What is your Christmas looking like?

Want to recreate this delicious burger? Check the recipe below

Christmas burger with chestnuts |
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Christmas burger with chestnuts and mango chutney

This burger is quickest if you make the chutney days ahead. If saves in sterilized jars it keeps for months so easiest to do it upfront. Same goes for the chestnuts. Make them upfront to speed up the burger making
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers


  • 400 gr ground beef
  • 100 gr chestnuts
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 50 gr cooked ham in cubes
  • 1 egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • pepper
  • salt
  • Lettuce for serving
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion in rings
  • 2 large ripe mango's in cubes
  • 2 large ripe pears in cubes
  • 1 tsp chil flakes
  • 2 cm ginger root grated or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp each of cardemom cumin, coriander, kurkuma
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 200 gr moscovado sugar lightbrown
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200 ml red wine vinegar



  • Heat some oil in a large pan and add the onion until soft and translucent.
  • Add all the spices, the ginger and the chili flakes to the onion until it becomes fragrant. Add the pears and the sugar and about 100 ml water. Leave to cook until the pears have softened.
  • Add the mango, salt and red wine vinegar. Let it simmer until the desired thickness. Remember that it will thicken a bit when it cools. Keep the chutney in sterilized jars in a dark spot until you need it.

For the burger:

  • Score the chestnuts with a sharp knife on the round side. Cook for about 3 minutes, drain and peel when still warm. Also remove the brown fluff from the inside. Cut in small pieces.
  • Put the beef, the chopped chestnuts, egg, breadcrumbs, pepper, salt and ham together in a bowl and mix to combine well. If too wet add a bit extra breadcrumbs. Make 4 burgers of the mixture.
  • Heat the oil and fry the burgers on medium heat until brown and cooked through.
  • In the meantime fry the bacon brown and crispy. Leave to drain on paper towel.
  • For making the burgers start with a small layer of sauce (mayo or otherwise of your choice), top with the lettuce and place the burger on the lettuce. Top the burger with mango chutney and crumble the bacon over it. Serve with some extra chutney.


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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