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Lockdown Lekker!

Lockdown Lekker!

Who does not like a proper cheese burger from time to time? While lockdown prevents us from enjoying our regular weekend whopper, it is easy and cost effective to make a delicious cheese burger on the braai! Use our recipe wtih pantry staples, a generous slice of Cheddar and enjoy the dish with a glass of Leopard's Leap Natura De-alcolised Classic Red, available during lockdown from major SA Supermarkets such as Spar, Pick n Pay and Makro!

Cheese Burger Braai

Serves 6


1 kg freshly ground beef mince

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

12 slices Cheddar cheese

6 large burger buns, preferably home-made, toasted if desired

For garnish

tomato sauce


thousand island dressing

sliced red onion

sliced tomatoes

sliced pickles

fresh lettuce leaves


In a large bowl, mix beef mince, onion powder and salt and pepper until just combined. Do not overmix, to avoid patties turning out tough.

Divide into six portions and form patties with uniform thickness (do not press too hard). Using fingers, smooth out any cracks. Prepare patties right before you braai and keep them at  room temperature.

Braai the patties until the crust that forms on the bottoms of the patties releases them from the grill (about 2 minutes). Gently test, and when the patties lift up easily, flip, add two slices of cheese to each, close lid (if using a grill), and cook on the other side for another 2 - 3 minutes for medium to medium rare.

Remove patties with a sturdy metal spatula and transfer to a plate. Allow to rest for several minutes, then transfer to buns.

Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Enjoy with a glass of Leopard's Leap Natura Classic Red.


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