A Kenyan burger 2: The Westerner, white meat and marrow patty

Yes you read right, there is bone marrow in that patty and it’s delicious!

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If you haven’t seen the first one already, this is version two of a series of Kenyan burgers I’m doing. The first one is here if you’s like to see it. This second one has been long overdue, got a little nudge to get it out with this month’s Onja post theme: white! Yes, seriously the theme is white. My mind went blank when I first heard it (pun intended).

I then started going through my recipe notes, ideas that I’ve been wanting to try and remembered this burger. It has minced chicken breast — white meat! — eureka! I had my white.

I had already decided that the chicken burger would have to be western. The only issue I had was the meat patty. Had been thinking about what to add to it to make it juicy and flavourful. Maybe marinate the breasts before mincing? But then I’d have to mince the chicken at home. I did not have the time to marinate or mince…

1/2 a kilo of minced chicken breast
1/2 a kilo of minced chicken breast

Then I remembered a video on YouTube where a guy made a burger with bone marrow mixed in. I keep bone marrow around for making stocks for soups and stews, so bone marrow it was!

this is some very flavourful stuff, if you don't already use it, start! It's absolutely wonderful for making stocks. Yes, it's quite fatty, but you can remove the fat from your stock once it cools and that's easy.
this is some very flavourful stuff, if you don’t already use it, start! It’s absolutely wonderful for making stocks. Yes, it’s quite fatty, but you can remove the fat from your stock once it cools and that’s easy.

Getting the bone marrow out is easy, you just spoon it out. or if the bone is cut short enough you can just push it out with your thumb.

chunky bone marrow pushed out of the short bone
chunky bone marrow pushed out of the short bone
for added flavour I added chopped dhania and and methi to the mix
for more flavour I added chopped dhania and chopped methi to the mix
then added salt to taste and a dash of freshly ground black pepper
then added salt to taste and a dash of freshly ground black pepper. I suggest chopping up the marrow into tiny bits, otherwise it will be hard to mix it in, especially if it’s cold from the fridge
make sure your hands are clean, then mix it all up
make sure your hands are clean, then mix it all up
I got 5 good size patties from my 1/2 kilo. I let them sit out for 15 min or so before I cooked them
I got 5 good size patties from my 1/2 kilo. I let them sit out for 15 min or so before I cooking
sizzle sizzle, for 3.5 to 4 minutes on each side
sizzle sizzle, for 3.5 to 4 minutes on each side

While cooking, don’t press down on them, you’ll squeeze out the moisture. Do not disturb them except to flip them over.

they were quite juicy on the inside too when they were done
they were quite juicy on the inside too when they were done
ad there they are
and there they are, done and ready for assembly

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made a sauce for it, very very simple, just mustard and honey. you can mix it to your liking. If you like yours on the sweet side then use more honey, if you like the sharp bite of the mustard, then use less honey...
made a sauce for it, very very simple, just mustard and honey. you can mix it to your liking. If you like yours on the sweet side then use more honey, if you like the sharp bite of the mustard, then use less honey. Mine is on the sweet side just a bit
the assembly: ugali, fried sukuma, the meat patty
the assembly: ugali, fried sukuma, the meat patty
then drizzle the mustard sauce on the meat and top with freshly sliced tomatoes
then drizzle the mustard sauce on the meat and top with freshly sliced tomatoes
et voila! A Kenyan burger: The Westerner!
et voilà! A Kenyan burger: The Westerner! An open face burger (^_^)

Don’t make the ugali slice too thick, at the very least, not thicker than your meat, but should be less, preferably.

yes, it's juicy and tasty. the mustard sauce sounds strange next to the ugali but it works
yes, it’s juicy and tasty. the mustard sauce sounds strange next to the ugali but it works

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And this is the part where I give the husband rating. Unfortunately hubby was not available for tasting. But little bro happily stepped in for the task!

Bro’s Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆
The honey-mastard sauce, with the sukuma and fresh tomatoes really come together nicely with the meat. Only thing is I’m not a fan of ugali. Otherwise I totally enjoyed it.

See that! Really good, and if you like ugali, you’d like it even better! Try it this weekend, let me know how you like my open face burger.

Remember to check out the the rest of the Onja team and see what they posted today, that’s where I’m headed right now!

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

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