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Burgers With A Plantain Twist

By Yvonne Ejiofor 20 October 2017   |   8:00 pm

There are truly few better feelings than sinking your teeth into a giant, juicy burger. but that feeling is approximately 1,000 times more satisfying when the buns of that burger are fried plantains, what a sandwich it is!

Not only do you get less carbs (we could all use that) but you get more flavour! Here is a twist on the traditional hamburger, called a Tostone burger originating from puerto rico, and I hope this one shows up at your next outdoor shindig!

Plantain Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 pound green plantains

Directions

  1. Make burgers: Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix with hand until well combined. Set in fridge.
  2. Make plantain bread: Cut plantains on a bias, 1-inch thick. Set a large frying pan over high heat, fill with about 1/2 inch canola oil. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  3. Fry plantains briefly until lightly golden.
  4. Remove, flatten with a plate lined with parchment paper. Refry until crisp and golden brown. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  5. Cook burgers: Portion seasoned ground beef into four patties about 1/4 pound each.
  6. Fill pan with 2 tablespoons of canola oil, pan fry on high heat first then reduce (do not flatten with spatula) to medium heat. Cook to desired doneness.
  7. Assemble burgers: place a plantain on a plate, top with burger, cheese and second plantain disc. Serve immediately.

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