Beef Chorizo Burger with Jalapeno-Mayo Sauce and Swan Valley

August 30, 2013

Beef Chorizo Burger with Jalapeno-Mayo Sauce

Lets turn back the clock to 4 decades ago...

... when my parents my dad uttered these words "Jom, pi berkelah esok" translated to English ~ 'Lets go for a picnic tomorrow', I'd be so excited, that most of the times, I'd spoil my own day out by not having a good night sleep. All night thinking and planning of how to have maximum fun. The brains was on "imagination" overdrive, kept me awake every hour or so.... the excitement was killing me.

Bell Rapids

Our definition of 'berkelah' / picnic ~ was going out to a place where there will be water, be it waterfall or by the beach, and to have a "swim" (to have a dip basically, as neither of us can swim!!).Usually its the later.
All 5 of us, cramped into the back seat of a rented/borrowed car (didn't have the luxury of owning an automobile with dad's meagre income) and sometimes, we took bus to our 'picnic' destination, Pantai Merdeka in Kedah.

We didn't mind the long journey over long winding road. I cant remember how long the journey took us from my hometown in Alor Setar to the nice white sandy beaches of Pantai Merdeka  (I googled, and it was 60km approximate distance between the two...) 

So it was far....60 km! this day and age, would take less than an hour drive... but  those days without highways... hmmm... perhaps 2 hours? I don't know...

Morning was still covered with the blanket of darkness, lying down in bed, I could hear mom tinkering in the kitchen. She started to cook... not preparing finger food, but cooking ... hot food to take along with us on the journey.

By the first sun ray hit the ground, all ready and packed : Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) in 'thermos' like big pot to keep the rice hot, sambal anchovies in plastic containers with some hard boiled eggs. Sardine sandwiches, roasted peanuts (Cap Tangan... yum yum), hot beverage, drinking water, picnic mat, plastic plates and cups. Towels and change of clothes.

As soon as the sun slipped towards the horizon, packed up our stuff and ready to trot our way home, but not before having a treat of ice-creams.
.... and that was then... the olden days, the golden years

Tupah, Sungai Petani

Things has definitely changed...
Now that I am a parent, a mom... our picnic packing is simplified, either sandwiches or burgers or finger food with some fruits. No waking up early morning to prepare hot food, laden with carbs... because I am not as hard working as my mom was... in other words... I am LAZY.

Through out my kids' growing up years, and when it's "still cool to hang out" with parents, we took them out for a picnic either by the Bell Rapids or by Swan River along Reid Highway...(some things can never change, carved deep into my head that picnic equates to water existence...)
... and for dessert, we would drive out to have scrumptious ice-creams and handful (many for some...) of free chocolate tastings at the Margaret River Chocolate factory nearby.

Back to food story...
It is difficult to get my hands on halal chorizos in the Northern suburbs. The distributor/ butcher that I frequent, has stop making/ selling chorizo, perhaps there is no demand, but one can still hope...
So here it is...
Beef Chorizo Burger excellent for picnic or for lunch boxes.

Care for a bite of this Chorizo burger?
... or to pack into your picnic basket to celebrate Father's Day this Sunday?

We will be celebrating Father's day this Sunday.... ooooh yes, we celebrate Father's Day, 3 months later than the rest of the world. Why? I have no idea. Someone care to highlight?

Beef Chorizo Burger with Jalapeno-Mayo Sauce

Wishing all Fathers... 

Have a wonderful Father's Day 
with your beloved family.

No picnic for us 
...we will be celebrating ours, this Saturday, D will be cooking steak for his dad (and for his mom and sis, of course). 

Beef Chorizo Burger with Jalapeno-Mayo Sauce

Makes 8
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Beef Pattie
1.5 kg mince beef
25 g garlic
25 g salt
15 g black peppercorns
1 ½ tablespoon smoke paprika
1 ½ tablespoon fennel
2 tablespoon hot paprika
4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Jalapeno Mayo sauce
100 ml store bought mayonnaise
50 g jalapeno

Store bought burger buns
Sliced tomatoes
  1. Mix mince beef, vinegar and spices in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Place Gladwrap over the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight (best overnight)
  3. Using stick blender, blend Jalapeno and mayonnaise. Set aside.
  4. Divide into 8 -10  patties. 
  5. Cook over barbeque or hot skillet. 
  6. Toast burger buns. 
  7. Top bun with lettuce, tomato, patty and cucumber.  
  8. Drizzle  some Jalapeno-Mayo Sauce.
  9. Serve


  1. Those burgers look fabulous and absolutely mouthwatering! Exactly the kind of flavors I adore. A lovely post with gorgeous clicks.



  2. Hi Lisa
    I always enjoyed viewing your post and your beautiful photos but most of all the food always intrigued me the most. Your homemade burger sounds and looks more delicious than those fast food restaurant.

  3. YUUUUUUUM!! I've bookmarked this because I can't believe it's been AGES since I had burger at home. The sauce sounds seriously awesome too. Going to buy ingredients to make for weeknight dinner next week =]

    1. yipppeee.... Spring is the time for finger food and picnic :)

  4. This burger looks like it is full of taste! Very lovely story as well! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I want to eat this so bad right now! I love those smokey, spicy flavours with beef :-)

  6. I have to make this for my husband! He LOVES homemade burgers. Beautiful nature clicks, Lisa.