Introducing… a surf and turf combo to beat all others. There’s something supremely decadent about a burger with all the trimmings. We love the idea of topping this braai staple with prawns. How about a lashing of wasabi paste to really take things over the top?
If you love the idea of serving this to guests, make the extra effort and go the artisanal route – namely do the prep work on the burger patty yourself. Try out this Jamie Oliver recipe, and then complete the picture by swapping your go-to barbie beer for one of the sumptuous wines below.
Beef Burger With a Difference
1) Divide mince 800g of mince into 4 and, and with wet hands, roll each piece into a ball, then press into flat patties roughly 12cm wide and about 2cm wider than your buns.
2) Place on an oiled plate and chill in the fridge.
3) Pat the burgers with oil and season with salt and pepper.
4) Put 2 burgers into a pan, pressing down on them. After 1 minute, flip the burgers and brush each cooked side with ½ a teaspoon of mustard and a dash of Tabasco.
5) After another minute, flip onto the mustard side and brush again with another ½ teaspoon of mustard and a second dash of Tabasco on the other side.
6) Cook for one more minute.
Silverthorn The Greenman 2012
We love the idea of drinking a top-class local bubbly with a burger. John Loubser of Steenberg creates sparkling wines that are considered the finest in South Africa. The hints of apple and brioche in these fresh bubbles will really set off the prawns!
The Grail Pinot Noir 2013
Everyone’s heard that white should be paired with seafood, and red with red meat. So because this burger combo brings both to the table, it calls for a light and fruity Pinot Noir. This one comes from an excellent vintage that has good ripeness coupled with excellent natural acidity.
De Meye Unwooded Chardonnay 2015
Prawns and Chardonnay are both quite rich, but complement each other in an unexpected way. This unwooded wine is clean and fresh, with a lovely long finish – just what you need to cut through the fatty burger patty.