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South African Style Burgers With Shredded Biltong

We don't know about you but we definitely miss being able to travel (or just being outside for more than a couple hours really), so thanks to Paul (@dappereatsuk) for hooking us up with his smashing South African style biltong burger. He says, "the biltong recipe will make you 4 average sized patties but whether you choose to make 4 or 2 BIG burgers is totally up to you!" (don't worry, we won't judge).

A whiff of these burgers will transport you to sunny South Africa. Big servings and even bigger flavours? Count us in.

biltong burger

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 20 - 25 mins

Serves 4 (or 2)


     Burger Patties

  • 400gr 15-20% fat minced beef
  • 100gr pork mince
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic granules 
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 slice of bread 


  • 150g Hellmans mayo
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp Frenchies mustard
  • 1 big minced garlic clove

     Other Ingredients

  • 1-2 packs of Ember biltong
  • 2 - 4 Brioche buns
  • Slices of cheese
  • Handful of romaine lettuce
  • Chopped pickles


  1. To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  2. To make the burger patties, first, put the slice of bread in a blender and pulse until bread crumbs
  3. Mix breadcrumbs with all the ingredients into a bowl and shape into 4x 125g to 130g meat balls
  4. Use a pan and smash the meat balls down into burger patties and grill. Paul says the best way to grill them, is to apply weight on the top to create a crust from the patties making contact with the pan
  5. Once the burger patties are nearly crusted, cut the buns open and toast on the pan
  6. For the cheese, Paul used smoked Gouda which melts perfectly on burgers. Add two slices on top of each patty while on the grill, and cover with a metal or glass bowl to melt the cheese (tip: smoking the cheese with a smoke a gun is definitely a sure fire way to add another depth of flavour)
  7. To serve, spread some sauce to the top and bottom buns and add the lettuce, the cheesy burgers, and some chopped pickles
  8. To finish it off, sprinkle some chopped Ember biltong on top of you burger for that punch flavour and layer of texture

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