In response to client requests for the recipe for Dr. Dave’s now legendary dog burgers, (not one was declined by the Dogs of Double Bay at our Winter Warmer BBQ) here it is. Just in time for Spring and BBQ season! We’ve also posted the preparation video on the youtube page. Masterchef eat your heart out!
1. Fresh beef mince
2. Pumpkin or butternut squash
3. Chopped dates
5. Flaxseed Oil
Preparation and Cooking Instructions
Finely chop a few dates and mix them into the fresh mince.
Next remove the skin of the pumpkin and chop into large cubes. Place the cubes in a medium pan and fry in small amount of oil. Add in 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed.
Once the pumpkin and garlic has had a few minutes to sweat, top the pot up with boiling water and simmer until the pumpkin is soft, then drain.
Mash the pumpkin and garlic until a creamy consistency is achieved. This should then be left to cool.
Whisk the eggs until mixed well, then season with pepper and a small pinch of salt. Add in two pinches of fresh herbs (your choice which). Then add mixture to the mince.
Slowly add pumpkin and a good ‘glug’ of flaxseed oil into the mix also. Do this a small amount at a time until you have achieved a moist but not sloppy consistency. You should be able to mould a burger in your hand without it falling apart because it is either too dry or too wet.
Finally, fire up the BBQ and cook evenly on both sides. Allow the burger to cool before serving to avoid burning your pooch’s mouth!
Please note, for me the joy of cooking is in the experimentation. Or put another way, I somewhat guessed at the exact amounts I needed and I was cooking for a pack of hungry dogs! How much of each ingredient you use is entirely down to you.
But please note that garlic should only be used sparingly to flavour as the onion family of vegetables can cause problems for dogs if consumed in large quantities.