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The Bobotie Burger


1 3/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. ground lamb
1 large onion, diced
2 Tbs. butter
1 thick slice of white bread
3/4 cups milk
2 Tbs. apricot jam
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
2 heaping Tbs. curry powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
6 brioche hamburger buns
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup major grey mango chutney
1 ripe banana, diced
2 cups mixed field greens


1. Saute the onion in the butter on medium heat in a medium sized saute pan until soft, about 10 minutes.
2. Soak the bread in the milk in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl mix the beef, lamb, jam, lemon juice, raisins, apricots, curry powder, salt, pepper, beaten egg and the bread soaked in milk by hand until well combined. Make 6 patties.
4. Pulse the almonds and peanuts until coarsely ground in a food processor.
5. Roll the hamburger patties in the ground nuts and place on a baking tray or plate.
6. Grill burgers until cooked to your liking. Meanwhile, mix the chutney and chopped banana in a small bowl.
7. Toast the buns on the grill until golden brown.
8. To assemble burgers, spread mayo on each brioche bun along with the chutney spread. Place burger and lettuce on bun. Enjoy!


Bobotie is a traditional South African dish that is served much like a meatloaf in shape. South Africa has a lot of Malaysian influence and this is a very popular dish in all households. You normally serve the meat on a place with chutney, bananas, nuts, dried coconut, dried fruits and other toppings on the side to dress the bobotie.

I grew up eating this dish because my father is South African and I learned to love all of the toppings and spices as a young child. Whenever I go visit family there, all of my aunts make this dish with their own individual twist. I thought this would be a fun version of this traditional dish and show my family history as well. Enjoy!