July The 4th Suya Burgers

Funke Koleosho's Suya Burger

I received a message from one my readers requesting that I contribute a July 4th recipe, (with my own twist of course), which will be featured on their site.

I live in the UK so I do not fully understand the importance of July the 4th to Americans but from research, I learnt that this day marks the official independence of the USA from British Empire back in the 18th century. So really its a special day to Americans just as October 1st is important to Nigerians as it marks our independence from the British Empire too.

Deciding which recipe to contribute was easy for me, knowing that Americans celebrate this day with all manner of barbecues and also from the fact that they love burgers. In addition, America holds a large population of Nigerian.....In fact, I was really looking to achieve something American with a hint of Nigerian......

Suya Burger, grilled corn and tomato/cucumber salad

This post is dedicated to all Americans and in particular Nigerian Americans! As part of your celebratons this year, I would like you to try my exotic, spicy and juicy Suya Burgers. Try something different this year by making your burgers from scratch using good quality lean beef, spiced with Nigeria's exotic blend of spices and peanuts; (yaji, suya spice). It promises to be memorable.....HAPPY INDEPENDENCE y'all!!!

What you need
  • 300g of lean mince beef
  • White of two eggs
  • 2-3 spoons of Suya spice (this can be bought from African or tropical stores or you can make yours using a blend of ground ginger, chilli powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, pinch of ground cloves, salt, some bouillon powder and ground kuli-kuli (or use peanut butter as an alternative))
  • Some mixed sweet peppers
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 4 medium fresh tomatoes
  • Wholemeal brown burger buns
  • Cucumber
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Fresh corn on the cob
  • Salt to taste
  • Premium Ata Dindin relish

Suya Burger, grilled corn and tomato/cucumber salad

What to do
  1. Dice a small portion of the sweet peppers and finely slice the rest across their width. Also slice a portion of the red onion and finely dice the rest. 
  2. Place the lean beef into a large bowl and add the suya spice, 1 spoon of peanut butter, the diced peppers, onions and 2-3 tablespoons of oil. 
  3. With your bare hands, mix all ingredients together for even distribution. Then take small portions of the mince and mould into burgers. Set aside for about 10 minutes. 
  4. In the mean time, de-seed the tomatoes and dice finely. Also dice a small portion of the cucumber and use a potato peeler to thinly slice the remaining portion to wrap your salad; (as shown in the picture). 
  5. Transfer diced tomatoes, some diced onions and cucumbers into a small bowl, drizzle some oil and add some suya spice. Toss the salad, lay out the sliced cucumber and place some in the middle. Roll the cucumber slices around the salad as shown in the picture.
  6. Heat some oil in a griddle, and carefully place the burgers on to cook. Flip burgers carefully and cook each side for about 5 minutes depending on thickness. (this can also be cooked on a barbecue). 
  7. Also grill the sliced peppers and onions until they char slightly and soften. 
  8. Grill also the corn and when cooked shake some suya spice over them. 
  9. Serve burger on the bun and top with the grilled onion and peppers. Add some Ata Dindin relish or any sauce of choice. 
  10. Serve also with the salad and grilled corn.

Suya Burger, grilled corn and tomato/cucumber salad

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