Lemon and Thyme Porken Burger

Recipe adapted from: BBC GoodFood Asian Edition Feb 2013 (Pg 93)


Excited(again)to share with you a quick lunch meal that you could whip up for yourself on an easy-going Saturday. Very much like today 🙂

It has been a looooong while since I got some me-time at home and I decided to try something different for my lunch munchie by going “ang-moh”. That inspiration came from a good part of the morning spent rolling about in the comforts of my bed while reading my new favourite food mag – BBC GoodFood (must be asian edition pls). Seriously, this mag is just awesome as it offers 88 recipes in just one copy! Good bang for the buck @ $7.50/issue.

There is a “Live Well” section in there that features easy-to-cook low fat light meals and since I wasn’t going to declare war on my kitchen today, this one-dish-under-30-min notion sat down well with me.

A quick visit to Cold Storage gave me some great insight on the “minced-meat” philosophy that CS has. I asked for minced turkey (as per recipe) but was told politely by the lady (love her, she has been manning that counter since forever) that CS doesn’t sell minced turkey anymore because, the product emits an unpleasant smell within a day. And since Singaporeans aren’t that much of a turkey eater, it wasn’t moving fast enough off the shelves. As such, they have taken it off their product line as they didn’t want to sell bad meat to the customers ( same story for lamb). Deli Lady then suggested I substitute chicken for turkey instead, but i went with a combi of pork and chicken in the end. Yes, which explains why I name my burger, the Porken Burger. (remember, you saw it here first!)

The burger buns and sweet potato fries in the picture however, were all ready-made. Burger buns from Swissbake (not a big fan, too heavy) and frozen sweet potato fries from AlexiaFood (it has been sitting in my freezer for 4 months?). I was lazy!

Anyways, the entire patty making process was honestly, fuss free and so so easy. I am convinced you could totally make tasty healthier burgers at home. Twiddle with the seasonings till your heart desire. For now, I am going to leave you with the recipe.


Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 250g minced turkey (or 250g of a combi of minced pork and chicken)
  • zest of 1/2 lemon (essential!)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves (i added 1 more tsp of rosemary)
  • 1tbsp chopped parsley (i added the dried version)
  • 2 thin rashers of streaky bacon
  • Serve with: Buns, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, fries


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan
  2. Heat oil in small pan and fry onion till soft and brown
  3. Mix minced meat with lemon zest, herbs, seasoning (1/2 tsp salt + ground black pepper) and onions
  4. Shape them into 2 patties (size depends on the buns you are using, thinner would be better than thicker)
  5. Bind each patty with a bacon (this makes it look pretty…and erm..fatty)
  6. Put the wrapped burgers in the oven for 22 min
  7. Pan-fry for a few minutes on each side after taking it out of the oven. This is is crisp up the bacon
  8. Serve as you please

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