Campervan Cooking – Homely Hamburger

Hello again all you Campervan Cooking fans

Homely Hamburger

Homely Hamburger

Well, we are in the last week of our stay in Underberg.   So, it was just appropriate that our dish would contain beef, as this is, of course, beef country.  What is more pleasurable than a homemade burger, on a homemade bun, with delicious chilli relish, also homemade… can’t beat that in any restaurant in the land.

My guru husband John, an amazing bread/bun maker made the most awesome buns, please click here to see John in action.

We enjoyed the hamburgers, hope you do too!


Hamburger Patti (makes 6 hamburger patties)

500g of extra lean mince
100mls milk
Handful of parsley (finely chopped)
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 egg
2 slices of white bread with crusts removed


In a mixing bowl mix together the mince, parsley and onion.  This can be done by hand.  Into the 100mls milk, dunk the two slices of white bread and mush with hands.  Add this to the mince mixture and mix with hands.  Add salt and pepper and lastly the egg to bind.  Mix all together.  Then form flat patties.  Put onto a plate and refrigerate for about 10 mins.   When ready, fry patties in a little oil.


2 or 3 tomatoes with skin and core removed
1 onion cut into slices
Crushed dried chilli
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
Olive oil.


In a pan,  pour about 50mls of olive oil and heat.  Add the onions.  Simmer gently until they are sweated, then add the garlic  and chilli (about 5mls) and lastly the tomatoes which have been chopped into pieces.   Add an additional 50mls of olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  As a variation, you can also add some chopped parsley, tomatoe paste or sweet chilli in place of the chilli flakes.

Simmer gently for about 5 minutes until the onion is tender and the tomatoes have soaked into the mixture and softened.


Please leave your comments and let us know if you enjoyed watching this campervan cooking episode as much as we did making it.

10 Responses to Campervan Cooking – Homely Hamburger

  1. And the vegetarian version is……:)

    Belinda Pretorius May 26, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Hey Belinda, your suggestions will be most welcome. As we are not very veggie, maybe you can suggest a substitute for the beef.

      johnbotton May 26, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply
  2. Looks good Tina & John! I’m enjoying keeping up to date with your travels…how quickly time is flying by!

    Lynne May 26, 2013 at 11:05 am Reply
    • Hey Lynne. You’re right about time wizzing past at a rate of knots. We’ve been on the South Coast for two weeks and I can barely remember the last place we stayed at… Under something or other. Ha ha. We are planning to spend some time in JHB in September so looking forward to catching up with you.

      johnbotton May 29, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply
  3. Hi John & Tina We are here at our Zinkwazi KZN townhouse returning to CPT on 25 June Liked the recipe will try for our next hamburgers Love M&B

    Mike & Barbara Jay May 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply
  4. Wheres the recipe for Johns homemade buns! Got the “filler” need the bun now x x

    Sylvia May 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply
  5. Hi guys. Was wondering whether you had thought about getting a rubber hose and fitting for your Safari Chef to work off a gas bottle rather than canisters. Janneke and I love our 10year old Safari Chef. It’s perfect for two.

    Menno June 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • Hi Menno. I have had a look at the external gas cylinder option and it does make sense to make the modification. We will look into this in the future. Glad to hear that you are still enjoying your Cadac Safari Chef. It sure is a brilliant piece of equipment that has allowed Tina and I to prepare our favorite dishes while were on the road. Please feel free to share some of your favorite dishes and recipes that you and Janneke enjoy.

      johnbotton June 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

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