Thursday, 28 April 2011

Honey and Soy Sticky Marinade for Burgers





Now I love a cheeky burger as much as the next person and so one day I decided to tart mine up a bit by brushing over some soy sauce and honey, mixed together. This is more of an instruction  than a 'recipe' as such, it's so easy. The honey turns nice and sticky on the outside as it is charred in the oven, and the soy gives it a darker colour and a real, deeply savoury taste.


I brush over the marinade twice during cooking - once when the burgers first go into the oven and again about five minutes before they are ready. I normally cook my burgers in the oven because there are usually some potato wedges doing in there too, so it saves energy but you can cook them any way you like. Add a pinch of chilli flakes for a spicy heat if that suits, and if you're doing a barbecue this weekend, why not give them a try on there? I use Jamie Oliver's recipe for the basic burgers, but feel free to use your own.


Burger marinade:
(coats 4 meaty burgers)
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsps runny honey
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce


Method


Shape the burgers into patties and place on a grill pan, oven proof dish or over your hot barbecue coals. Brush over half the marinade, mixing it well as you go (the honey and soy can separate if left to stand too long). Cook to your liking, then when there are just 5 minutes left to go, brush over the remaining marinade.


When the burgers are dark, sticky and cooked through serve them. We love ours in soft sesame buns with crisp little gem lettuce and ripe, sliced tomato.