People, I owe you a few Burger recipes! Burger toppings to start with.
I’ve been a bad friend over the last few weeks pretty much neglecting everyone. But I will make it up with two amazing ly easy recipes today. Promise! I’ve been horribly busy with work and with setting up this place and moving here. Hence the silence and my one-week delay in delivering those recipes. A bit belated let’s talk burger toppings now.
With Burgers it’s pretty much the same as with any sandwich. The difference between a good one and an outstandingly good one lies in the toppings. Of course you need a good bun and of course the heart of any Burger is a great Burger Patty but only the right burger toppings add complexity in flavor and texture to your Burger experience.
When it comes to food I am a pretty sensual person. Complexity is always a win. Different colors, scents and textures draw me in. I mean sometimes the ugliest food is amongst the most delicious, but in general when food looks and smells appealing and you can expect a combination of creaminess and crunch I am a goner!
So we talk burger toppings today. First and foremost I must say that lettuce or any kind of salad and cheese is a Burger topping staple and I am also a huge fan of bacon on my Burger. But I’ll tell you a bit about building a Burger on Friday when we talk about the Burger Patty. Today we focus on the simple yet ridiculously healthy and yummy sauces. Both of them alone are delicious but in combination they’ll knock you off your socks!
The first sauce I like to introduce you to is this really easy and quick raw salsa. You might be wondering why there’s no heat in this salsa. I like to keep this salsa very basic because this time the Burger Patty will take the part of heating up the party. However there’s no reason for not adding a few chili flakes or a tsp of sriracha to make the salsa hot.
Basic Homemade Salsa
- 200 g cocktail tomatoes - I used a mix of yellow and red ones
- 1 large spring onion
- 1 T lime juice - appro. juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 T red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- chili flakes or 1/2 tsp sambal (optional)
- Chop the tomatoes and spring onion and give them to a small mixing bowl
- Add the lime juice and red wine vinegar and stir well
- Salt and pepper to taste
For a little heat you can add a few chili flakes or a tsp of sriracha
You can store the salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
The second sauce and not only a staple of mine when it comes to burger toppings is this really easy Lime Guacamole! Guacamole is one of my favorite burger toppings ever. Scrap that! Seriously, EVERYTHING is better with a dollop of guac on top. It’s creamy and rich in flavor, chock-full of healthy fats, deliciously satifying and just the right thing to eat anytime with basically anything. Next to burger I prefer to load up the spoon!
- 1 ripe avocado
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 large spring onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the avocado and mash the flesh with a fork in a small mixing bowl
- Or like I usually do, just cut the avocado in halves and scoop out the flesh with a fork. This way you also spare yourself a bit of the mashing part.
- Chop the spring onion and add it to the avocado
- Juice the lime and add the juice to the bowl
- Salt and pepper to taste and let sit in the fridge for 30 min up to 2 hours prior to serving
Stor the guacamole in an airtight container for up to 3 days
Okay for now you know how to make a Quick and Easy Burger Bun and you also know how to make two great sauces to top your Burgers. On Friday we’ll bring it all together and built my favorite homemade Burger. I can’t wait!
Both sauces are completely vegan and therefore perfect for topping any Burger Patty – meat, veggie or even vegan. I believe in Burger, Burger for everyone 🙂
By the way if I have leftovers I like to top up my salads with them. A bit salsa and guac catapult a basic salad to a wonderful lunch I am keen on unpacking for the whole morning. WINNER!
What’s your favorite thing to top a burger with?
Yeessss. Easy and delicious! This has me aching for summer again to pull out the barbecue and have burgers on the deck. I guess I have a few more months to go for that :(.
Come back Friday and I tell you how I make my Burgers in the oven 🙂
I always forget how easy it is to make your own salsa – time to stop buying it in a jar Jen!
Thank you so much for the lime juice in your avocado tip – I thought all hope was lost for guac when I had a ‘harder than thought’ avocado 😀
My fav burger toppings have to be bacon, cheese and guac…. Mmmmm!
Yes, it’s so annoying when the avocado is harder than expected. Or worse already off when it feels still fine from the outside. Btw this works with lemon juice as well.
Bacon, Cheese and Guac… Jen, one day we’ll have to have Burger together!!!
I love toppings, dips, and dressings, so with or without a burger, I’d be happy with either of these. In fact, they sound like they’d be phenomenal on some huevos. Granted, the Hubby would totally put them on a burger. Either way, I know I’m in good hands with these recipes.
Oh yeah they would indeed go great on some huevos! That’s the great thing about toppings, they go great with so many different dishes.
P.S. The hubby is a wise man 🙂