Totally homemade bacon and beef burger with a pickle


I’m craving a good burger tonight, my family and especially my husband enjoy a good burger. We even go to Spur on Mondays for their two for one special. We didn’t go this Monday, come to think of it, maybe that’s why I’m suddenly craving a burger.

Anyway, I’ve been so lucky with my nemesis, flour, lately. I want to see how far my luck will go. So I’ll make my own burger bun, obviously I bought some from the supermarket as a back up plan. I’m not that cocky :).

Dinner tonight: Bacon and lean beef burger on a homemade bun, mayo sauce and pickled horseradish.

The recipe for the bun is adapted from the blog:

What do you need? Serves 4

For the bun

  • 400g wheat flour

  • 30ml olive oil

  • 2/3 tsp salt.   – 30g sugar

  • 170ml milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 tsp of yeast

Bun ingredients
Bun ingredients

For the burger

  •  lean beef mince meat

  • 2 eggs.     – 3 slices of bread made into crumbs

  • veggies- spring onion, half an onion, 1 tbs garlic, red and yellow pepper, carrot

  • herbs- coriander and mint leaves from my roof top garden

  • spices- salt & pepper, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, coriander powder, nutmeg


The pickle- horseradish, rice wine vinegar, sugar, pickling spices.

The mayo sauce- mayonnaise, tomato sauce, mustard, cinnamon, salt & pepper.



  • The homemade bun: Mix 280g of flour with 1 1/2 tsp of yeast in a bowl. Meanwhile, in a pot on the stove at low heat, pour in the milk, oil, sugar, salt. When it starts to boil, add onto the flour/ yeast mixture. Combine well, then add egg, mix and pour out on to clean floured surface. Combine and knead the dough making sure it’s soft for 3-5 min. Then back on to bowl, cover with a dry cloth and place in a warm place. Use oven if your house is cold, turned off of course. Leave to rise for 30-45 min, should almost double in size.


Freshly breaker buns
Freshly baked buns












After resting, place back on to floured surface and make round balls, depending on how big you want your buns to be. 🙂 That sounded wrong.

Technique: outside edges in and rough side down. And place on baking tray with baking paper.



Remember to grease the tray with a bit of oil, to avoid the paper burning. Place the dough back in a warm place for 30 min.






Then place in a preheated oven at 190 deg for 45 min for medium sized buns. After 30 min, increase heat to 230 deg, for them to brown nicely and finish cooking.

Then take out and cool. They look so good and that smell of freshly baked bread; so comforting.

  • The picked horseradish: in a small pot, pour in 75 ml rice wine vinegar, 2 tbs of sugar, 50 ml white wine, 1 tbs pickling spices. Let it come to a boil, then simmer for at least 30 min.
Pickling the horseradish
Pickling the horseradish
  • The burger: Combine finely chopped; half onion, spring onion, quarter red & yellow pepper, garlic, carrot for texture, coriander and mint leaves. Mix with beef mince, 2 eggs,  and crumbled bread( with food processor). Season with 1 tbs ; nutmeg, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper. Combine well and mould into balls then flatten, make sure it stays intact. Rest in the fridge for a least 10 min.
Mix all the ingredients
Mix all the ingredients


Pan searing the patties
Pan searing the patties
Burger topped with cheese
Burger topped with cheese










Then pan sear until brown in olive oil, then finish cooking in the oven for 15-20 min for medium rare to medium. For medium sized burgers. In 15 min, top up burgers with slices of cheese and let it melt for a few min.










  • The sauce- Combine 2 tbs of mayonnaise with 1 tbs of tomato sauce ad mustard. Season with 1/3 tsp of cinnamon, salt & pepper.

  • The bacon- make crispy bacon in a hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil, season with pepper.

Build up the burger, with the sauce over the bun then the bacon, then the burger patty. On the other half of the bun, layer the sauce, greens and a fresh tomato sprinkled with aromat.


Homemade burgers done!
Homemade burgers done!




And Bon Appetit! 🙂 !






The different textures within and outside the patty. The citrus tones from the pickle, the freshness of the greens and tomato, the sweet and savoury bun. One word: Yummy :)!

I’m very proud of my plate, another battle against flour won!

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

2 thoughts

  1. Oh thanks, I will definitely check it out.
    My biggest shortcoming is the patience to follow a recipe, and baking is about exact proportions. But I’ve taken up fishing as a hobby, to help up my patience levels 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s