The burgers are on Red Tractor!

Mon 16 Sep 2013 @ 11:38

Our friends at Red Tractor have let us know that this week is actually Red Tractor Week, which is nice for them. To mark the occasion, they're sharing a brilliant recipe for pork and apple burgers with plum & ginger relish – a great way of using up some of that orchard fruit that's so good right now. What's more, these delicious, seasonal burgers are made using Red Tractor ingredients, which are produced to responsible standards and sourced from independently inspected British farms.

The Red Tractor quality food assurance mark covers food safety, quality and traceability. The Red Tractor logo is a sign that food and drink has been produced to strict standards of food safety, environmental protection, and animal welfare and with assurances of origin. It’s backed by farmers and growers, food producers, processors and packers, who are independently inspected to ensure they are meeting responsible standards of production. Visit redtractor.org.uk for more information.

Red Tractor Pork & Apple Burgers with Plum & Ginger Relish

Makes 12 small or 6 large burgers

450g minced Red Tractor pork

1 large or 2 small Red Tractor apples, grated
A handful of dried breadcrumbs

2 tbsp of picked thyme leaves
1 tsp dijon mustard

4–6 burger buns
Plum & ginger relish
1 tbsp Red Tractor rapeseed oil

1 Red Tractor onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp peeled and grated root ginger

4 Red Tractor plums, stones removed, diced

4 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp cider vinegar
Zest of 1 orange




1. For the burgers, place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with your hands until evenly combined.


2. To check the seasoning, make a tiny little patty of meat and quickly fry it until it is cooked. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Shape into 4–6 evenly sized burgers and put in the fridge to firm up.


3. Meanwhile, make the relish. Heat the oil in a small saucepan, add the onion and ginger and cook gently until the onion is soft – around 8 minutes. Add the plums, sugar and 50ml cold water. Cook until the plums have softened, about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and orange zest, and cook for a further minute. Season to taste. You can keep this in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


4. Grill or fry the burgers, depending on your preference. Serve in burger buns with a spoonful of the relish and your choice of garnish.





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