Heston’s burgers

"No South African braai (barbecue) is complete without a boerewors - a coiled sausage of spiced pork and beef mince. My version is for burgers rather than sausages but uses the same spices." Heston

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

Serves: 6


10g coriander seeds
500g Aberdeen Angus beef mince (typically 20% fat)
500g essential Waitrose British pork mince (typically 8% fat)
1 x ¼ tsp ground cloves
1 x ½ tsp ground nutmeg
10g salt
1½ tsp ground black pepper
20g Cooks’ Ingredients breadcrumbs

To serve

French mustard, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise, mixed together or on their own
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Sliced Waitrose le gruyère, Norwegian jarlsberg or emmentaler
6 essential Waitrose white floured baps
Sliced tomatoes


1. Light the barbecue. While it is heating up, toast the coriander seeds for 2 minutes in a medium-hot frying pan and grind into a powder using a spice grinder or pestle and mortar. Pass through a sieve and discard the husks.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the powdered coriander seeds, beef and pork mince, cloves, nutmeg, salt, pepper and breadcrumbs until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Divide the mixture into 6 balls, each approximately 200g in weight.

3. Between the palms of your hands, gently flatten each ball into a burger with approximately the same diameter as the bap.

4. When the charcoal has reached the right heat, place the burgers directly above the charcoal, flipping them over every 15 - 20 seconds until the meat is cooked to your liking. Just before the burgers are cooked, add a slice of cheese to each one and, if your barbecue has a lid, close it for 1 minute to melt the cheese. If your barbecue doesn’t have a lid, place the cheesetopped burgers under the grill for 1 minute or until the cheese melts. At the same time, gently toast the baps on the barbecue. Serve the burgers in the toasted baps with your choice of garnishes and condiments.