Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grilled Eggplant Burger

This is inspired by one of the sandwiches I had recently. I looked for the recipe & found one.
You are sure to like this if you like grilled eggplants!


Makes: 7 small burgers
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Adapted from: Simplyrecipes

Ingredients:
Burger buns: 7, small ones
Big purple eggplant: 1 no (around 1/2 a kg)
Beefsteak tomato/ Large sandwich tomato: 1 no
Onion: 1/4th cup (cut into 1 inch slices)
Mozzarella cheese: 7 thin slices

Dressing1:
Olive oil: 2 tsp
Balsamic vinegar: 2 tsp
Salt: According to taste

For grilling the eggplant/Dressing2:
Olive oil: 3 tbsp
Apple cider vinegar: 2 tbsp
Italian spices: 1/2 tsp
Salt: According to taste
Pepper: 1/4th tsp

Method:
Preparation for the burger:

  • Cut the eggplant into 1/4th inch slices. Arrange them on a kitchen towel. Sprinkle salt on both sides & allow it to ooze out water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Meantime, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar & salt. Mix them gently with a fork. Dressing1 is ready.
  • Slice the tomato. Roll the sliced tomato over the the dressing 1 prepared above. Remove the tomatoes & add in the onion to it.
  • Add all the ingredients mentioned for grilling the eggplant in a large bowl. Gently fold in. Dressing2 is ready.
  • Squeeze out all the water from the eggplant & brush the dressing 2 on both sides of the eggplant & grill* them for 3-4 minutes on each side. 

Arranging the burger: 
Cut the burger into half.
Place 3-4 slices of grilled eggplant.
* I do not own a grill, hence roasted the eggplant using the griddle.
Follow it with tomato.

Then the onions along with some of the dressing1.

Finally add in the cheese slice & cover the burger with the other half.
I had my burger with some homemade salad. It was heavenly!


Note:
This is a great lunch box meal too. I have already packed it twice for the office.