Comments: Margaret's Coriander Hamburgers


These grilled meatballs will be next on my "hit" parade of meals to perform for the masses :)

UPDATE: I heard from Margaret this morning and it turns out that my hamburgers differ substantially from her meatballs! Here is the original recipe:

As for the burgers, I've made them a few times, never measure very much, but here's the basics. I use a mixture of minced beef (15% fat if you're buying it in France, where it's all nicely marked), and minced pork (Farce à légumes works just fine, and is easier to find in the supermarket). Roughly a kilo of beef to 300g-500g of pork.

Start by making a large mug of couscous/semoule, just by pouring boiling water onto half a mug of dry grain, and covering it with a saucer. While it's swelling up, you can finely chop all the other ingredients:
an inch or two of galangal (use more ginger if you can't find it)
an inch or two of ginger
a whole bunch of coriander
a stick or two of lemongrass (I buy frozen mini packets in the Asian grocery store, already minced, about a euro and it keeps forever)
a couple of dried chilies
five or six big kaffir lime leaves (roll them up and shred them - again, frozen ones are fine, even straight from the freezer)
a few cloves of crushed garlic

Spread out the couscous on a plate so that it cools a bit, and meanwhile mix the herbs and spices into the meat - I use my hands, but I guess you could use a spoon if you're squeamish! Then mix in the cooled couscous and a large egg, or two if the mixture seems too dry. If it's dry, it will fall apart and stick to the BBQ. Make the mixture into golf ball size balls, and leave in the fridge for at least a few hours before you cook them, squashing them into burger patties as you put them onto the grill.

You can also use completely different herbs, eg lots of garlic and mint and parsely, or I've tried basil before, but the list above guarantees that there will be none left and everyone is happy.


Oh yeah! I was hoping that your post would inspire Margaret to send the recipe. (I should really watch myself - I recall promissing a recipe or two of mine, way long ago....intention to follow through still good)

Thank you so mutch both of you for the recipe, they were amazing. David was asking me last time if I could get the recipe.

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