Perfect Asian Hamburger

Author: Marthinus Strydom
Category: Beef Mince
Serves/Qty: 8
Marthinus Strydom

Hamburgers got their name from Hamburg Germany, but that is not where they originated. The Tartars from Central Asian invented hamburgers. This is the best hamburger ever made. As it was made by the Tartars!

The Story

Hamburger started with the Tatars (or Tartars), a nomadic people who invaded central Asia and eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. The Tatars ate their shredded beef raw (hence the name "steak tartare" these days). According to one account, they tenderized their beef by putting it between the saddle and the horse as they rode. When the Tatars introduced the food to Germany, the beef was mixed with local spices and fried or broiled and became known as Hamburg steak. German emigrants to the United States brought Hamburg steak with them. It showed up on New York restaurant menus in the 1880s. Hamburgers became a sensation as sandwiches at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

White Castle, founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kan., is the world's oldest chain of hamburger restaurants. The hamburger's popularity exploded in the United States after World War II when burgers became the main menu item at drive-in restaurants spawned by the growing number of cars. McDonald's, which started as a hamburger stand in San Bernardino, Calif., has spread the hamburger around the world. The world's largest restaurant chain with more than 26,000 restaurants in 119 countries has served billions of hamburgers.

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200 g beef mince
200 g pork mince
100 g sliced panchetta
1 hand bread crumbs
1 eggs
2 onion thinly sliced
2 tbsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp hot sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
8 hamburger buns
lettuce or cabbage


  1. Fry the Panchetta or Bacon until crispy
  2. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Fry the onion for the caremalised onion in a little olive oil on low heat. Add the sugar and ceremalise until nice and brown.
  4. Remove and set aside.
  5. Mix the beef mince, Panchetta (or Bacon) and the pork mince. Don't overmix.
  6. Add the chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg, Hoisin, Rice Wine Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Hot Sauce, Sesame Oil,  Beef stock, Salt and Pepper. Mix  all the ingredients together, but don't over mix.
  7. Form into balls and then flatten to form patties. Not too thin or they will be overdone on the inside.
  8. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil
  9. Fry the hamburger patties on high heat a few at a time. Fry until almost charred. Turn over and fry the other side.
  10. Build your burger
  11. Slice the bun in half
  12. Toast the buns (works best in a hot pan with a little butter)
  13. Spread Mayonaise on the one side
  14. Add the Pattie
  15. Then add the lettuce or cabbage
  16. Add a slice tomato
  17. Add the Gherkins
  18. Add the Caramalised onions
  19. Place a dollop of Mayo on top
  20. Close the bun.

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