ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Homemade Burger Recipe - German Themed Burger

Updated on March 25, 2018
Gordon Hamilton profile image

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or under-used ingredients.

Turkey Schnitzel on Bread Roll with Sauerkraut and Kartoffelsalat

A German slant is given to the traditional offering of burger and fries
A German slant is given to the traditional offering of burger and fries

The whole concept of creating burger recipe suggestions symbolic of different countries around the world and their cuisines came from considering the nature and precise definition of a burger. What makes a burger a burger - or not, as the case may be? This page is dedicated to examining German cuisine and food culture and crafting what is hopefully an acceptable variation on a burger to represent Germany.

After all, although historical accounts vary and are often vague, it is generally accepted that burgers know their origins through the migration of Germans from the town of Hamburg to the United States of America...

The Components of the German Burger

On the basis that a burger is a meat based sandwich with an accompaniment which is usually potato based, this German themed burger has been constructed. Turkey is a very popular meat for making schnitzels in parts of Germany, so this breaded turkey breast steak was placed in a bread roll as the principal part of the meal. Potato salads in Germany are sometimes made with mayo and sometimes with vinaigrette - the mayo option was selected. As a final accompaniment, the classic German preserved cabbage - sauerkraut - completes the ensemble. The sauerkraut in this instance is from a jar, bought in the supermarket.

Potato Salad (Kartoffelsalat) Instructions

Click thumbnail to view full-size
A small baking potato should be enough for two portions of potato saladPeel and quarter the potato and add it to a pot of cold, slightly salted waterSweetcorn and miniature pickled gherkins will be added to the potato saladSweetcorn and chopped pickles are added to a mixing bowlPotato is diced and also added to the bowl
A small baking potato should be enough for two portions of potato salad
A small baking potato should be enough for two portions of potato salad
Peel and quarter the potato and add it to a pot of cold, slightly salted water
Peel and quarter the potato and add it to a pot of cold, slightly salted water
Sweetcorn and miniature pickled gherkins will be added to the potato salad
Sweetcorn and miniature pickled gherkins will be added to the potato salad
Sweetcorn and chopped pickles are added to a mixing bowl
Sweetcorn and chopped pickles are added to a mixing bowl
Potato is diced and also added to the bowl
Potato is diced and also added to the bowl

It is necessary to prepare the potato salad in the first instance. The quantities included here will make for two servings.

Ingredients

1 medium sized baking potato
1 tbsp sweetcorn kernels
4 mini pickled gherkins
2 tbsp mayo
Salt and white pepper

Method

Start by peeling the potato and chopping it in to quarters. Resist the temptation to chop it any smaller at this stage, as all that will happen is that the smaller pieces will simply absorb more water, turning them in to mush and ruining the whole effect of your potato salad. Put the potato in to a pot and add a little salt and enough cold water to ensure the pieces are all comfortably covered. Place the pot on to a high heat until the water begins to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for twenty minutes.

Drain the potatoes through a colander at the sink. Run the pot under cold water to cool it then return the potatoes to the pot along with enough fresh, cold water to once again cover them completely. Leave the potatoes in the cold water for a few minutes only, while you prepare the remainder of the salad ingredients. This cools them quickly and allows them to be easily handled and chopped. Do not leave them in the cold water for more than these few minutes or they will begin to break up.

Spoon the corn in to a mixing bowl. Chop the pickles in to pieces about the same size as the corn kernels and put them in to the bowl. Take the potato quarters one at a time and slice and chop them in to approximately half inch chunks before adding them also to the bowl. Spoon in the mayo, season with salt and white pepper and stir well but carefully, so as not to break up the potato.

It is not absolutely essential but the potato salad should now ideally be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for at least an hour. Overnight would be fine if time is an issue. This allows the flavours to infuse as well as a firmer texture to develop.

Turkey Schnitzel Instructions

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The turkey breast steak is firstly coated in beaten egg and breadcrumbsThe breadcrumb coated turkey breast steak is gently shallow fried
The turkey breast steak is firstly coated in beaten egg and breadcrumbs
The turkey breast steak is firstly coated in beaten egg and breadcrumbs
The breadcrumb coated turkey breast steak is gently shallow fried
The breadcrumb coated turkey breast steak is gently shallow fried

Ingredients

1 6oz turkey breast fillet
2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying

Method

Break the egg in to a flat bottomed bowl, season with salt and pepper and beat lightly. Spread the breadcrumbs evenly on a dinner plate. Add a little oil to a non-stick frying pan and gently heat.

Dip the turkey fillet in the egg and pat on both sides in the breadcrumbs. Draw it through the egg a second time and again pat in the breadcrumbs. This makes for a thicker, more even coating. Lay it carefully in the pan and fry on a medium heat for around seven to eight minutes each side until done.

When the turkey schnitzel is cooked, turn the heat off under the pan and push it to a cooler part of your stove. Leaving it to rest like this for a few minutes makes for a much juicier and more tender schnitzel. This also allows you time to cut your bread roll in half, toast it and begin the assembly of your plated meal.

Building a Homemade German Themed Burger

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Potato salad and sauerkraut are added to the serving plate and garnished with an optional scattering of freshly chopped dillToasted bread roll halves are added to the plate, cut side uppermostTurkey schnitzel is carefully placed on the bottom half of the toasted bread roll
Potato salad and sauerkraut are added to the serving plate and garnished with an optional scattering of freshly chopped dill
Potato salad and sauerkraut are added to the serving plate and garnished with an optional scattering of freshly chopped dill
Toasted bread roll halves are added to the plate, cut side uppermost
Toasted bread roll halves are added to the plate, cut side uppermost
Turkey schnitzel is carefully placed on the bottom half of the toasted bread roll
Turkey schnitzel is carefully placed on the bottom half of the toasted bread roll

A German Themed Burger Calls for a Traditional German Beer

Pilsner style beer is common throughout Germany, often served in an attractive, traditional tankard
Pilsner style beer is common throughout Germany, often served in an attractive, traditional tankard

If you like a beer with your burger, it really has to be a German beer to go with a German themed burger. German beer is widely regarded as being the best in the world and Germans are rightly proud of their beer, particularly in Bavaria and cities such as Munich, where the annual Oktoberfest is a world famous event.

Pilsner style beer is popular throughout Germany and is often served in very attractive tankards, made either from stone or glass. Each year, a specially designed tankard is produced to celebrate Oktoberfest. If you fancy something a little different with your burger, however, look in your supermarket for weissbier, a beer made from wheat. Weissbier is very different from pilsner style beer but is at least equally delicious.

Weissbier (wheat beer) is a tasty alternative to the more common, pilsner style beers
Weissbier (wheat beer) is a tasty alternative to the more common, pilsner style beers

Do you find this Burger Recipe Appealing?

Thank you for your visit to this page. Hopefully, you find the idea of this German themed burger appealing and will give it a try at home. Any comments or feedback you have may be left in the space below.

© 2011 Gordon Hamilton

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)