Ginger Beef Patties

These ginger beef patties tick all the boxes in my opinion. Great to be served as sliders.

I loved watching Come Dine With Me – and I even had a challenge around the theme. And now, Come Dine With Me is coming to South Africa. A friend asked me if I was going to enter and my answer was and still is, NO. Would I really want 3 strangers digging through my house? NO WAYS. Would I want my personal life exposed on National Television? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! But, would I be able to do it? Of course yes. It is really easy with a week’s notice or less to knock together a three course meal. I am super organized and I don’t even need a whole day to do it! It would be nice however to win the prize but even that is not enough of an incentive to face the risks involved. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do think I could win, it’s just that I don’t want to take part! I like to prepare meals where the only people telling me how good they are, are the people I love and care about! I don’t mind them snooping through my drawers and in fact they would not find much of anything worth commenting on! They might comment on the fact I have a LOT of spices or that I collect kitchen gadgets – but then, that would not make for exciting television so I probably would not qualify in any case. But, if you are keen and live in the metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town do give it a go. Oh, and did I mention, I don’t live in Cape Town, so that can be my excuse. These patties are a perfect and easy dish to prepare, whether for a meal for people dining with you, or just for the family, and they are a winner in Dave’s eyes.

Ginger Beef Patties

Ginger Beef Patties

Recipe Category: Meat
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 mls lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2.5 cm piece root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 250 g ground / minced beef
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 5 mls sumac
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • flour for dusting
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 15 g butter


  • heat the lemon infused olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger
  • when the onion is soft but not coloured, remove from the heat
  • when cool add to the beef
  • season generously and then add the sumac
  • mix in the egg – use your hands if you find it easier
  • dust your hands with the flour and shape small balls with the beef
  • rest in the fridge for 30 minutes
  • heat the olive oil and the butter in your pan
  • cook the patties until they are done to your liking

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