Today’s focus is Ostrich meat… In the18th Century Ostriches were hunted for their feathers, which just happened to be highly fashionable in woman’s clothing ranges. Nothing spelled ooh-la-la fashion more than a perfectly placed and proudly worn Ostrich feather. The feathers became so popular that Ostriches became a prime animal to hunt. And it’s apparent that while Ostriches were hunted for their feathers, the hunters developed a taste for the meat too. By the 19th Century, Ostriches were being farmed for both feathers and meat.
When you think of Ostriches, you probably already know that they originate from Africa, but what’s interesting to note is that Ostrich meat is no longer a delicacy unique to Africa anymore! Now you can buy Ostrich meat just about anywhere in the world. Imagine that! You don’t have to head home to South African shores to enjoy an Ostrich burger or a steak. Nowadays you can pay a visit to a restaurant and select a juicy Ostrich meat meal right from the menu. But what if you want to make it yourself? The good news is that you can! The internet is flooded with Ostrich burger recipes that delight even most discerning palate. We’re going to share our favourite recipe with you today.
Sticky Red Onion & Gorgonzola Ostrich Burgers
While there are many ground Ostrich recipes to choose from, this particular recipe is our favourite. In fact, it’s a sheer treat to the taste buds. Let’s jump right in. This recipe serves 6.
What You Need
To whip up delectable sticky red onion and Gorgonzola cheese ostrich burgers, here’s what you need to gather:
- 750g Ostrich mince
- 1 finely chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon dried coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried cumin
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley, basil, and mint
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 egg
- 100g of crumbled feta cheese
To make the sticky onions, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 3 chopped red onions
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar (you can also use honey if you prefer)
- 1 rosemary sprig
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 200g of Gorgonzola cheese
- Hamburger buns
What To Do
- Place the minced meat, onion, feta, herbs, spices, and egg into a large bowl and mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
- Take portions of the meat out of the bowl and use your hands to shape each portion into a patty. Once you are happy with the patty shape, size, and thickness, place them onto a plate in the refrigerator. The patties should chill for around half an hour before cooking.
While the patties are cooling and firming up in the fridge, you will have time to make the sticky red onion relish. To do this, follow these steps.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan. Medium heat should do just fine.
- When the butter begins to look somewhat bubbly or foamy, add the lemon juice, chopped red onions, rosemary and sugar.
- Turn the heat down and leave the mixture to simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes. At this point the onions should become sticky and caramelized. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set to one side.
The last step is to cook the patties and serve them up snugly tucked into the hamburger buns. Here’s what to do.
- Cook the patties on medium heat in a pan until they are golden crispy on the outside and slightly pink on the inside. Each patty only needs about 4 to 5 minutes of cooking on each side.
- Slightly toast the burger buns before serving.
- Spread some butter or margarine on the buns, top with the Ostrich burger patty, Gorgonzola cheese and a generous helping of the sticky red onion relish.
All that’s left to do is to grip your burger with both hands and sink your teeth into the delectable yumminess.
If you really like a burger that has it all, think of a few extra bits and pieces that you can include. Optional extras that go really well on an Ostrich burger include pickles (gherkins and pickled onions), sweet bell peppers, rocket, mushrooms, and fried baby tomatoes. If you wish to braai your Ostrich burgers just make sure that your grid is well greased and that your fire temperature is medium to low. Cooking the patties too fast or at a temperature that is too high will ruin the overall flavour.
Serve your Ostrich burgers with air fried chips and coleslaw and make sure that various condiments are available (mayo, chutney, tomato sauce). Your new burger recipe is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser.
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