What on earth is in my burger??
Since we did our last whole30 – a while back already – I pay a bit more attention to everything that is in my food. And of course I am not talking about the things we make at home from scratch because I am the one who puts stuff in it, but I am talking about ready made convenience products that we all buy in the supermarket. Take ground beef for instance. I always figured that meat would be meat and I still remember that first time I looked at the list of ingredients on a package of meatloaf… Most I couldn’t even pronounce! There is a big difference between various supermarkets and even within the supermarket so it pays to have a good look. And I am not even talking about preservatives here…
Now you probably know that I looooove my Kitchen Aid and for a while now I’ve been wanting to get a meatgrinder with it. It’s one of those attachments they have and as you can see it is in ‘da house’! I’ve used it already quite a few times. Before I had it I used to make my chickenburgers in the kitchenprocessor and that works as well, but the texture of the meat is significantly different. The fun part is that you can also put in things like spring onions or chilis and it will grind it all together. Perfect!
Of course you still need to mix in things like salt and other spices you might want to add, but that is normal, I’d think. I always use chicken thighs for burgers as you need a bit of fat to make the burger edible. If you use only lean meat it would become too dry. It’s sort of essential (as I quickly learned!) to chop the meat into manageable pieces before putting it in the machine. Apparently it also helps if the meat is really cold when you put it in. Also clean it straight away. You don’t want stuff stuck and dried in there! Now that is true for all kitchen appliances but mostly so for meat grinding things.
This burger, I can tell you, was fan-tas-tic and you can expect to see some more good meat balls and burgers pass by in the coming time! We have wild plans!
- 500 gram chicken thigh fillet (no bone)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 spring onions
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 2 tsp piccadillo herb mixture (kind of moroccon flavored spicemix)
- Peel the garlic cloves and remove the outside of the spring onions if it is a little sandy. Wash and dry.
- Remove the seeds from the jalapeno and cut the chicken thighs in smaller pieces so you can let the machine do it's job.
- Turn on the machine and add the chicken, garlic, jalapeno and the spring onions into it. If you don't have a grinder, you can just use the food processor.
- Mix the meat with the piccadillo and a bit of salt and pepper. Shape into burger and bake in a pan.