This giant minced lamb and pork burger provides a spicy pizza-style base for the family's favourite vegetable toppings – almost like a pizza-shaped meatloaf! You can follow these suggestions or choose your own toppings.
Oil for greasing
300g lean lamb mince
300g lean pork mince, or half pork and half pork sausage meat
2 teaspoons dried Italian herb mix, or mixed herbs
1 small egg
1½ cups fresh white or brown breadcrumbs
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion
1 large clove garlic
1–2 teaspoons chilli powder, optional
50g button mushrooms
1 small red capsicum
125g mozzarella cheese
125g Cheddar cheese
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Preheat the oven to 190°C and lightly oil a 25-cm solid-based pizza tin or a baking tray.
Put the lamb and pork into a bowl. Add the herbs, then stir in the egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and a good splash of Worcestershire sauce. Mix well together.
Press the mixture evenly into the pizza tin, or put onto the baking tray and shape into a 25-cm round. Cook the burger in the oven for 15–20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Peel and chop the onion and garlic, add to the oil and fry for 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the chilli powder, if using, then remove from the heat.
Clean the mushrooms. Seed the capsicum and dice it, then slice the tomatoes and mushrooms. Cut the mozzarella into thin slices and grate the Gloucester or Cheddar.
Remove the burger from the oven and drain off any liquid, if necessary, then increase the oven temperature to 220°C.
Spread the onion mixture over the burger, add the capsicum, tomatoes and mushrooms, and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
Serve in wedges, with crusty bread, salad and tomato sauce or a spicy relish.
Any combination of mince can be used, including chicken or venison. The herb seasoning can also be altered: an all-lamb burger could be seasoned with rosemary and mint; a pork and sausage meat burger or chicken burger with sage and parsley; a venison burger with thyme or oregano. The vegetables can include corn, olives or any other pizza topping you like.
NUTRIENTS PER SERVING:
good source of vitamins A, B group, C and E, and calcium and zinc.