I love a burger. Who doesn’t?! Tucking into a greasy one from the local chippy after one too many drinks, spilling ketchup down myself and eradicating any ounce of class I left the house with several hours earlier. It’s a beautiful thing.
I don’t often make burgers at home, probably because I always associate them as being a bit of a treat. But last week we needed to use up some mince at home and also found some mega-cheap rolls in the shining light of a late-night supermarket shop that is the reduced aisle. And they’re super easy too so I thought, bugger it, why not?
But then I hit a bump in the road – I couldn’t really imagine having a big, juicy beef burger without an equally devilish side dish – golden chips, spicy wedges, crispy fries, etc. And that would take our dinner from being only “slightly cheeky” to “one big fat whopper of a naughty meal” and, trying to be good, I really wanted to avoid that.
I flicked through a few random, kind of gross options in my head that made no sense whatsoever- no-one eats chicken flavour noodles with a burger- and then BAM. It hit me! A salad- so simple, so obvious- but with the scrummy addition of some chunky roasted vegetables. All veggie, no guilt! Hurrah.
And then I thought, well, in for a penny in for a pound – why not load up the burger as well?! Topped with tomato, cheese, avocado, onion and mushroom, I created some serious towers on a plate and, in the end, it looked like one of the dirtiest burgers imaginable. But it was all a lie! A lie loaded mostly with vegetables and surrounded by salad. Brilliant!
I mean, honestly. How good does that look?! It’s making me hungry…
You can check out my recipe for home made beef burgers with a roasted vegetable salad here.