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Wife away day 3: Aussie Burger

Aussie Burger1_mykitchenmoovement

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. 

Aussie Burger 2_mykitchenmoovement


 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. 

George and ruby_mykitchenmoovement


Reader Comments (12)

Burger looks great!

April 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermy boyfriendcooksforme

Yum! My dad ate one of these while we were in Australia a few years back. At first I was scared, but he offered me a bite and it was awesome!

I like your facts :)

April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

Mmm... Seriously, one of the best things since moving back to Australia. No one in the US understood my love of eggs and beetroot on burgers... :D

April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterViv

Thanks for the comments, folks. I'm so happy to hear that there are others out there that like an egg on their burgers. Next week, anchovies on burgers!

April 19, 2010 | Registered Commentermykitchenmoovement

come on, australia has both mayo and mustard in vast quantities! where do you think the expression 'not cutting the mustard' comes from? our friendly neighbours to the NorthWest? no. didn't think so.
i don't like how you try to make australia out to be something it's not BUT i DO LIKE your burger. delish!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrassfedftw

I'm drooling!!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherine

Nice looking burger... but....
coming from an Aussie:
- the beets should be called beetroot
- mustard and mayo do exist, and I don't know anyone that would put BBQ sauce on their burger
- there are not many facts that exist in your "fun facts" list;
~every Aussie owns a barbie
~we do say g'day
~never heard of a man-killing dolphin or sheep
~you were possibly pulling our leg with the rest...
Definitely agree with 'grassfeftw' about making Australia seem something it's not....but good on ya for making a burger with a fried egg & beetroot.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKC

KC and grassfedftw - Hello fellow kangaroos! Oo-roo to you. Listen, when I was growing up, we didn't have mustard or mayo and barbeque sauce was most certainly the preferred condiment of choice for our Aussie burgers. Maybe we grew up in a different time. As for the killer sheep and dolphins, they are certainly true, just ask my friends Gazza and Wazza. They both had close calls with those animals. Anyway, I hope my fun facts didn't rub you the wrong way, ok? It's just in good fun, you little buggers!

April 21, 2010 | Registered Commentermykitchenmoovement

Rocket on an Aussie burger? It HAS to be iceberg lettuce.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranilou

@anilou - Don't call the fuzz just yet, anilou. We're breaking some rules here just to be a little different. Sure, you can use iceberg lettuce, but for thrill seekers, the only choice is rocket. Enjoy!

July 4, 2010 | Registered Commentermykitchenmoovement

I can't believe I accidentally did something authentically Aussie with the beets. I got the idea from Saveur, which pitched it as an earthier alternative to pickles, and I would agree with that assessment. Next time we are putting fried eggs on them and calling it a day.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

PS this is the first time I've seen your pups (in this picture). I am in love.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

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