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Silver dollar burgers

Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail party recipe for silver dollar burgers.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 24
  • 45 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 10 mins cooking plus cooling, proving
Silver dollar burgers
Silver dollar burgers

You can make the buns and relish the day before - just refresh the buns in a hot oven before serving.

Ingredients

  • 400 gm each minced veal and pork
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp chopped thyme
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 240 gm aged cheddar, grated
  • 6 mini Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 baby gem lettuce, shredded
Tomato relish
  • 5 vine-ripened tomatoes, scored
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, finely diced
  • 3 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp each ground coriander and ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 125 ml (½ cup) white wine vinegar
  • 110 gm (½ cup) raw caster sugar
Buns
  • 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 400 gm bread flour
  • For brushing: eggwash

Method

Main
  • 1
    For tomato relish, blanch tomatoes (10-20 seconds), then refresh. Peel, finely chop, set aside. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, sauté until light golden and very soft (15 minutes). Add capsicum, chilli and spices, cook for 5 minutes, then add tomato, vinegar and sugar and season well to taste. Stir occasionally until very thick (25-30 minutes), then set aside to cool. Makes about 2 cups. Tomato relish will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for one week.
  • 2
    For buns, preheat oven to 250C. Combine yeast and 250ml lukewarm water in a large bowl and stand until foamy (5 minutes). Add flour and ½ tsp salt, mix until dough comes together, turn onto a lightly floured work surface, knead until smooth and elastic (5-10 minutes). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, set aside until doubled in size (30 minutes). Knock dough back, divide into 24 even pieces, roll each into a ball and place on two trays lined with baking paper. Cover with a tea towel, stand until doubled in size (15 minutes). Brush with eggwash and place first tray in oven, spray oven with a mist of water, cook until buns are golden (10 minutes). Repeat with remaining tray. Cool slightly, cut in half and place bases back on tray.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, combine minces, onion, egg and herbs in a bowl, season liberally to taste. Roll 24 golf-ball-sized patties, make an indent in the top of each, set aside on a tray. Heat half the oil in a frying pan, add half the patties, turn occasionally until golden and almost cooked through (5-7 minutes). Transfer patties, indent-side up, to bread bases, then repeat with remaining patties. Fill indent-side of patties with cheese and bake until melted and patties are just cooked through (3-5 minutes). Top each with a tomato slice, lettuce and tomato relish, sandwich with bun tops, secure with a toothpick and serve hot.
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  • Author: Lisa Featherby