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Caitie and Demi - Japanese Hamburgers

with Sweet Potato Fries

Prep time: 2 hours    Cook time: 1 hour 20 mins    Serves: 4

Ingredients

Baby spinach leaves

Brioche Buns (makes 12)

80ml milk, warmed

2tsp dried yeast

2tbs caster sugar

300g plain flour

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs lightly whisked

140g butter, at room temperature, chopped

1 extra egg, lightly beaten

Black sesame seeds

Sauce

125ml red wine

100g brown sugar

1 garlic clove, crushed

2tbs water

1tbs red wine vinegar

1tbs Worcestershire sauce

1tbs tomato sauce

1tbs butter

Miso Eggplant

2tbs white miso

1tbs sake

1tbs mirin

1tbs light soy sauce

2tsp caster sugar

1 large eggplant, cut into 2cm pieces

Mushrooms

4 Portobello mushrooms, thickly sliced

2tbs light soy sauce

2tsp sesame oil

1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated

1 clove garlic, crushed

Sweet Potato Fries

1kg small sweet potatoes, cut into wedges

60ml grapeseed oil

1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Patties

300g beef mince

300g pork mince

2 green spring onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 egg, lightly beaten

2tbs Kecap manis

Method

  1. To make brioche buns, stir milk, yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small bowl to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Sift combined flour, salt and remaining sugar into bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add eggs and yeast mixture.
  3. Mix on low speed until combined. Mix for a further 10 minutes until smooth and shiny. Transfer dough to a large oiled bowl. Cover with a tea towel bowl and set aside in a warm place to prove for about 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.
  4. Punch dough down and divide into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Place on a lightly floured oven tray and cover with a tea towel. Set aside in a warm place, for about 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 200C.
  6. Brush buns with beaten egg and sprinkle with seeds.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. To make sauce, stir all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer until thickened. Cool completely.
  9. To prepare eggplant, whisk all ingredients except eggplant in a large bowl to combine. Add eggplant and toss to coat.
  10. Arrange mixture in a lightly oiled roasting pan. Roast for about 45 minutes or until soft and caramelised, tossing half way through.
  11. To cook mushrooms, heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Cook mushrooms until soft. Add remaining ingredients and cook, stirring, until liquid has evaporated.
  12. To make fries, toss all ingredients in a bowl to coat evenly. Arrange on an oven tray in a single layer. Roast for about 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown, turning half way through.
  13. To make patties, using your hands, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season well. Shape into four patties.
  14. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Cook patties, turning occasionally, until browned all over and cooked through.
  15. To assemble burgers, spread bun bases with sauce. Layer with patties, mushrooms, eggplant, spinach and bun tops. Serve with sweet potato fries.
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