feta and chilli brinjal burgers ~ the best of fresh living cookbook

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feta and chilli brinjal burgers

I got my grubby paws on the new Pick n Pay  ‘Best of Fresh Living’ cook book last week and was excited to flip through it.  I’m a big fan of the magazine, which always has very tasty and easy recipes that are styled in a fresh and appealing way. The ingredients are readily available as they are sourced from Pick n Pay stores.

a fab collection of easy and tasty recipes

I am also a fan of all the women that work on the magazine, Justine Drake, Anke Roux and Caroline Gardner. All such talented and passionate foodies.

The recipe which they selected for me to do, which also happens to be the cover shot recipe, is a little bit different but certainly an interesting way to spice up your vegetarian burger.

Recipe: (serves 4)

  • 2 medium brinjals (eggplant or aubergine)
  • 1 sachet PnP hamburger seasoning (BBQ spice mix)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups (500ml) fresh breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • For serving
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) mint leaves
  • 4 – 6 fresh burger rolls
  • sweet chilli sauce

Toss the brinjals with the seasoning and dust in the flour.  Dip the slices in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs to coat. Shallow fry in the oil turning once until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and then assemble the burgers using all the other ingredients as desired.

The brinjal cooks very quickly so these can be made last minute.  The mint and the sweet chilli add an incredible fresh and hot zing to the creamy, salty feta.

The Fresh Living Cook Book which is available in Pick n Pay stores now, is very reasonably priced and will make an excellent Christmas gift.



  1. Sam, these sound so delicious! My brother is a vegetarian and these will be such a nice change to the frozen soya patties that he usually has to eat at a braai. Going to try these this week.

  2. Well until you come up with a cookbook, I also have to settle on reading the Fresh Living!! Great recipes, I can imagine the outside crunch on the slices of aubergine….

  3. 😉 Hi Nina. Yes Aubergine was rather delicious and cooked so quickly.

  4. Linda the sweet chilli and the mint added quite an interesting and fresh (and hot) dimension.

  5. Sally Robinson says:

    Well I reckon I was the first to respond but in my inimitable and ignorant way didn’t connect to the blog response properly. I think amazing.

  6. Sam, these sound so divine! I love aubergine so these would be great 🙂

  7. The recipe starts with “toss the brinjals with the seasoning…” but doesn’t say how to cut them? Do you just slice them into burger-sized circles and go from there?

  8. Hi Jessica, yes sorry, I thought it was quite self explanatory from the pictures, slice into thick circles.

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