Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Carribean Style Burgers

I was inspired to share this recipe inspired by Brenda180 from YouTube.
She hails from New York City by way of Trinidad.
I have been making these burgers for two months. My family cannot get enough of them. I do not think we will ever go back to regular burgers.

I have used ground turkey for the meat as well as ground chicken. They both taste great.

I did not have the Trinidad Congo Pepper, so I substituted Jalepeno Pepper once and Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper other times. If you use the Jamaican pepper, please be sure to use rubber gloves with flocked backing. I made the mistake of NOT using them the first time and the capsaicin made my hands throb all the way to the bone for hours. You can neutralize the heat on hands by pouring lime or lemon juice on them and then washing well with soapy water. I also used lemon juice to neutralize the heat on my cutting board. Please be careful not to touch your eyes.


1 pound ground meat (chicken, turkey or beef)
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats (you can omit this if you like. I used it to stretch the recipe for a family of five)
1 egg
2 packets of Sazon (if you do not want to use this, you can substitute 1 tsp Lawry's Season Salt)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
5 chopped garlic cloves
1 Jalepeno or Scotch Bonnet Pepper, chopped.
1/2 Bell Pepper chopped
1/4 Onion Chopped.
Fresh Thyme to taste (you may substitute dried herbs if you do not have fresh)
Fresh Oregano to taste

Whole Wheat Kaiser Rolls
Mustard (I used Spicy, but you can use Honey Mustard or whatever kind you like)


1. In a medium bowl, mix ground meat, seasonings, herbs and chopped veggies.
2. Add Old Fashioned Oats and egg.
3. Form into patties.
4. Cook burgers for 4 minutes until brown on each side.
5. Add water and steam for 4 additional minutes.
6. When water evaporates, the burgers are done.

Please enjoy Brenda's Video


Prissy Mum said...

I am from Trinidad. I will have to check her You Tube Channel Out.
This month is my cooking month. I need to get back in the game.

Brenda said...

I love burgers and I love spice - these sound fantastic! I didn't know that about lime or lemon juice neutralizing the heat on your hands. I've made the mistake before of not wearing gloves. Ouch! Steaming the burgers is an interesting way to cook them - I want to make these!

1xellus1 said...

@ Prissy Mum...I didn't know you were Trini! :O) Yes, plz ck out Brenda180. She is amazing! Love her. If you make the burgers, plz share your results w/ me. My family really enjoys them.

@ Brenda...I love burgers & spice as well. I was doing research on neutralizing the heat...typing w/ one hand while the other one was throbbing. By the x I was done my research, the throbbing had subsided. If you make these, please share your results w/ me. I hope you love them as much as we do!