Kezia Eniang

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Homemade Suya (Yaji) Spice Burger with fries

May 26, 2020

BBQ season is finally here and there’s no better way to kickstart the season than with juicy homemade burgers! For this recipe, I’m using suya (yaji spice) to season the burger mince along with a few herbs and spices. Incase you’re wondering what Suya (yaji) spice is, it’s a peanut based rub from Nigeria used to season all kinds of meat particularly beef , chicken, ram which is widely known as suya.

For this recipe, I’m using suya spice purchased from our local supermarket, the flavour is unbelievable and I use it on pretty much any kind of meat especially, grilled chicken, beef, wings, ribs and now burgers!

For a total of 4 burger patties:

650g mince beef
4 teaspoons of suya spice (store bought or homemade)
1 tablespoon dried crushed onions (or 1 teaspoon of onion powder)
1 tablespoon panko dried breadcrumbs (optional)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried herbs
*Disclaimer* Suya spice contains nuts, so if you have nut allergies then please avoid consuming!

Other ingredients:
4 burger buns
4 bbq skewers (to keep burger in place)
4 romaine lettuce leaves
2 beef steak tomatoes, sliced into rounds ( look out for ones that are quite big in size and quite firm)
1 large onion, cut into rings (caramelized if you like)
Cheese slices (optional)
*Feel free to add any toppings of your choice, avocado, pickles, grilled mushrooms!

Quick & easy burger sauce:
3 tablespoons mayonaise
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon suya spice

Cheese would be a great addition to this, if you’re a cheese lover!

How to make the burger:

1. Place your mince beef in a bowl and season with all the dried ingredients (seasonings). Add the egg and breadcrumbs and bind together.

2. Wrap the beef in cling film, you can coat the cling film with a little oil prior to stop the meat from sticking to the clingfilm.

3.The beef should marinate in the fridge for several hours, over night is even better.

4. I like to leave the burger to get down to room temp when I take it out of the fridge prior to cooking so 10-15 minutes beforehand should be fine.

5. Roll out the mince very gently, with rolling pin or wine bottle (make sure its cleaned beforehand 😉 ) & simply cut out a round shape using a cup or small bowl to get identical circular shapes or even better like i did flatten cut beef into equal sections, roll gently into a ball and flatten with your hands.

4. Once you have your burger patties cut out. Fry each beef in veg oil. Use a frying pan or cast iron dish, even better grill on the bbq. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. total of 6 minutes. If you like it well done cook for an extra 2 minutes.

5. Place the cooked burger beef on your burger buns, add lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions & any topping of your choice and burger sauce.

6. Serve with ketchup, mayo & a side of homemade (or store bought fries).

Suya yaji spice sprinkled over fries with a side of homemade burger sauce & ketchup.

Couldn’t get enough of this and would certainly be recreating it again this week! Would you be trying this? Let me know! xx

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