What better way to celebrate your absence than a juicy burger, Australian style. There is no recipe for this, because, um hello? it's a burger. However, there are a couple of points to observe if you attempt to create this delicious sandwich.
- The beef is from organic, grass feed cattle. I don't know if I have ever had an organic beef burger while growing up in Australia so let's assume that all the beef in Australia is grass fed.
- Mustard and mayonnaise are never used on Australian burgers. There are no such condiments in Australia, last time I checked. However, you can dress your burger with ketchup or a sweet barbecue sauce.
- Please note the addition of an sunny side up egg. This is as common to an Australian burger as convicts are to our neighborhoods.
- Please also note that there is no swiss, cheddar, American or blue cheese. Also noticeably absent is bacon, grilled mushrooms, chili, pickles and jalapenos. You can include these ingredients on your burger but I don't know why you would.
- What makes this burger vastly superior to any other burger is the inclusion of beets. You MUST use them if you want to claim your burger as Australian.
- The only other ingredients are grilled onions, lettuce (I have used rocket here) and a slice of a beef steak tomato.
Give it a try. It's certainly different, but one that will capture your heart and taste buds.
Below are a couple of fun facts about Australia that I have included to entice you to make one of down under's favorite sandwiches.
- We don't have shrimps on the "barbie". First of all, a barbie is a barbeque, otherwise known as an outdoor grill. But we would never call it an "outdoor grill". Secondly, we have never called those critters, shrimps. We call them prawns. Lastly, very few Australians own barbecues. They are for the upper crust of society. Rupert Murdoch probably has two barbecues.
- We don't say G'day. That was made up by the Tourism Board of Australia or some marketing dingbat at Qantas. No, we casually greet each other with a friendly, "oo-roo, kangaroo". We also call each other "bugger" a lot. For example, "how was school today, you little bugger?"
- We have the world's most dangerous wildlife. There are man-killing spiders, snakes, eels, dolphins, birds, sharks, fish, kangaroos, koala bears and sheep.
- It is illegal to carry more than $200 on you at any time.
- All taxi cabs are free.
- We have awesome artists and entertainers excluding Tom Cruise.
- I will always call it home.
Also honey, if you are reading this, I found these little dudes looking to the heavens, praying for your return. They might be upset about not getting any of my Australian burger.