Despite the rain over the past couple of weeks soon the sun will be out and above 10 degrees and that means it’s time for a Great British Barbecue! The Common is a brilliant place to go for an afternoon with a Frisbee and friends. It even has a designated barbecue area overlooking the seafront.
It’s really easy and much cheaper than you would imagine whipping up some tasty barbeque food to impress. So here’s a cosmopolitan of luscious treats for you to try, including; lemon and thyme turkey burgers, spicy chicken skewers and a ginger beer cocktail to top it all off.
As when barbecuing any meat, adjust the cooking time to make sure the middle is completely cooked and piping hot.
Lemon and Thyme Turkey Burgers
These burgers are cheap, healthy and extremely easy to make.
Ingredients (five large burgers or 10 small ones)
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 500g turkey mince
- 100g bread crumbs
- 1 lemon zest, finely grated
- I tsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
Step One: For the seasoning; mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, thyme, parsley and chopped onion into a large bowl. Tip: Breadcrumbs are a great way to use up stale bread. Crumble it between your fingers into fine chunks.
Step Two: Add the turkey mince and season lightly with salt and pepper. Mix with the dry ingredients.
Step Three: Create a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the lightly beaten egg. Combine well until the mixture comes together in a sticky ball.
Step Four: Use your hands to form the mixture into balls, flattening with the palm of your hand. Keep them on a lightly floured plate until ready to barbecue.
Step Five: When the barbecue is ready, brush one side of the burger with a little sunflower oil then place down on the barbecue. Cook for 10 minutes, brush the other side with a little oil then turn over using tongs. Cook the other side for 10 minutes or until the burger is nicely browned and not pink in the middle. Serve in a roll with some salad.
Note: Mince is a really cheap and lean meat. These burgers can be made using whichever meat you prefer; just replace the lemon, parsley and thyme with other complimentary flavours. For lamb burgers use mint, beef burgers a pinch of dried chilli or pork burgers some apple.
Spicy Chicken Skewers
A good trick of ensuring your chicken is cooked all the way through, cook the meat in small chunks. You can easily create any marinade by mixing your seasoning of choice with a little oil. Curry powder is great if you want to add some heat.
Ingredients (8 skewers)
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 2 tbsps medium curry powder
- 2 tbsps sunflower oil
- 1 onion, cut into 16 wedges
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
Step One: Mix the oil and curry powder in a shallow dish. Completely cover the chicken chunks and cover in clingfilm. Leave to marinade for 10-15 minutes or overnight in the fridge if possible.
Step Two: While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onion and peppers into chunks. Replace the onion and peppers for courgettes and carrots if you prefer.
Step Three: Thread the chicken, onions and peppers onto the skewers, brushing any excess marinade onto the vegetables. Barbecue for 10-12 minutes, turning until thoroughly cooked through.
Ginger Beer Cocktail
Of course, not barbecue is complete without a refreshing beverage. Ginger Beer cocktails are both tasty and refreshing and go great with barbecue food. Mix one part raspberry vodka to two parts ginger beer, add a splash of lime juice over some crushed ice and enjoy.