Celebrate International Hamburger Day with Sharon Visagie
Ask any South African to name their favourite fast food and most will tell you it’s a hamburger.
This is the same the world over where everyone loves the simplicity of a patty (be it beef, pork, chicken, lamb, vegetarian or vegan) wedged between two fresh buns, topped with a selection of favourite fillings – anything from lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, onions, pickles etc – and finished off with a preferred sauce such as BBQ, mayo, ketchup, chutney or mustard.
It’s no wonder then that this simple yet delicious and versatile fast food should have its own day – International Hamburger Day, which takes place every year on May 28 – to honour and celebrate it!
While there is much talk about the decline of fast food outlets as people become more health-conscious, burger joints remain the largest segment of the restaurant industry and, in the US alone, the burger market is worth more than $122 billion (R2,2 trillion!).
To celebrate this auspicious food day, here are a few fun facts as well as a mouth-wateringly good recipe courtesy of Chef Sharon Visagie from Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Durban campus.
- MacDonald’s has more than 30 000 outlets in more than 120 countries on six continents and sells 75 hamburgers every second.
- When the Big Mac was introduced in 1968 the price was 49 US cents which is around R7.00.
- On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week, which means a national total of nearly 50 billion burgers per year. If they were arranged in a straight line, it would circle the earth 32 times!
- According to the Guinness World Record, the biggest hamburger weighed over 1,164kg and was made in Germany on 9 July 2017. It consisted of three meat patties, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, hamburger sauce and a bun.
- Meanwhile, an 814kg cheeseburger is the world’s largest commercially sold burger and can be ordered from Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Detroit. It consists of a 900kg patty, topped with 135kg of cheese as well as countless tomatoes, onions, pickles and lettuce and a bun that weighs 100kg. The finished burger is a metre high and around 1.5 metres wide and, should you order one, you will need to give them three days’ notice and it will set you back a cool R110 000!
- South Korean-born American Sonya Thomas holds the world record for eating a Big Daddy Cheeseburger weighing four kilograms in 27 minutes. She also holds a record for eating seven 340g burgers in 10 mins.
Chef Sharon Visagie’s Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Stuffed Beef Burgers
- 180g seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers
- 20g washed & chopped coriander leaves
- 50g finely chopped red onion
- 225g medium fat cream cheese
- 900g lean beef
- 8 fresh burger buns, split
- Lettuce and tomato slices to dress
- Pre-heat a grill pan on medium heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate.
- In a bowl, stir together the jalapenos, red onion, coriander and cream cheese.
- Divide the ground beef into 16 portions and pat out each one to 6mm thickness.
- Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture onto the centre of 8 of the patties. Top with the remaining patties, pressing the edges together to seal.
- Grill for about 7 minutes per side or until done to your liking, taking care not to press down on the burgers as they cook as this will make the cheese ooze out.
- Serve on fresh buns with tomato and fresh lettuce.