Smoked salmon burgers with fired egg and spring onion cream cheese

I purchased myself a new toy for my BBQ recently – a burger press! I have been looking for some new burger recipes to try and this one provides a light and fishy twist to the humble burger and is so easy to make.

700g fresh salmon fillet preferably skinless
250g smoked salmon finely chopped
½ cup of fine breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons of finely chopped onions
3 tablespoons of minced chives
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
Fresh ground pepper

To accompany
100g cream cheese
3 spring onions finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
6 muffins or soft rolls
1 tablespoon of butter
6 large fresh eggs
Handful of rocket

Using a food processer, pulse the salmon fillet about eight to 10 times so it is roughly chopped but not of a smooth pâté consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining burger patty ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. Form six equal size patties of about 2cm thick in a burger press or using your hands to press and shape. Cover and stick in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. This allows the delicate patties to firm up.

Get you BBQ grill up to a medium heat or heat up the griddle on your BBQ for 10 minutes.

Mix the cream cheese with the spring onions until well blended and then pop in the fridge until you are ready to grill the burgers.

Brush each burger with olive oil prior to cooking and place on the griddle or grill on a direct medium heat for six to eight minutes turning them once in the process. About 30 seconds to one minute before serving, place the muffins/rolls cut side down over the direct heat.

In a non-stick frying pan, melt the butter and fry the eggs to your desired doneness.

Spread both sides of the muffins/rolls with the spring onion cream cheese and top with the burger and then the egg and a small amount of rocket and season with black pepper. And lean the muffin/roll up against the burger tower you have created.

And there you have it! A really tasty alternative to the bog standard beef burger. Great with a good bottle of white wine. My current favourite and available at good supermarkets is Mula Velha Premium, a top quality wine and currently selling at under €5 a bottle. Bon Appétit!

This recipe has been supplied by Chris Winstanley, owner of Moveison outdoor living and barbecue store, situated on the EN125, just east of Lagos.