For any non-South African visiting this recipe post, let me explain. Boerewors is a South African sausage traditionally made from a blend of beef and pork mince and has a load of spices with a dominant one being coriander. It is generally rolled into a coil shape and cooked over a braai (barbecue) and this is where the fat renders out and the smoky flavour locks in. It’s pretty much iconic here and loved by people from all corners of the spectrum. All butcheries will have their own special flavour blend and as a nation, we love to have competitions to see who has the best one. I decided since its Heritage month to come up with a South African flavoured boerewors burger and top it off with crispy bacon, sliced avocado and Peppadews (pickled piquant peppers)– another thoroughly home-grown product.

All the spices are already in the meat, so I just needed to remove it from the casings and mould it into a patty. I’m not the biggest fan of boerewors to be honest as I find it too fatty, but I do quite like a good venison one. For this recipe, I used the Woolworths Grabouw sausage because it looked really lean. It came in a thin rendition and a fatter one. The thinner one looked better and the one I used. I’m not sure if this is the standard recipe or whether it was a freak batch, but it was so lean I needed to add a splash of olive oil to the pan when I cooked it. It also tasted absolutely delicious and is now my go-to boerie.

A South African Boerewors burger with avocado, bacon & peppadew recipe

I made big patties with the sausage and used about 150gms per burger but you could make them thinner if you prefer. I love fresh salad bits on my burger and used crunchy lettuce, sliced tomato and finely sliced red onion too. For the sauce element, I used the Woolies Sriracha mayo, which is spicy and extremely tasty. Use whatever mayo you have but I think a splash of hot sauce adds a lot of value here. You could also do a combination of tomato sauce and mayo. There are no rules when it comes to custom making a burger. I love crispy fried streaky bacon on my burger, sliced avocados – which are still very much in season, and a few cut up Pepperdews to add sweet heat.

Oh, and I think its absolutely imperative to butter your rolls and toast these first. I do this on a hot griddle pan and it gives the buns and burger a lovely flavour.

 If you are celebrating Heritage day on Monday I hope you have a delicious day.

Boerewors burger with avocado, bacon & peppadew recipe

Recipe Makes 2 large burgers


Boerewors burger with avocado, bacon & peppadew

  • Author: Sam Linsell


  • 2 sesame seed burger buns (buttered)
  • 300gms lean boerewors
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Finely sliced red onion
  • Spicy mayonnaise/or mayonnaise
  • 23 peppadews, sliced


  1. Heat up a non-stick griddle pan or frying pan, or have your braai lit and the coals around medium.
  2. Split the burger buns, butter them and grill on the buttered side for a couple of minutes until toasted.
  3. Remove the casings from the sausage and divide the meat into two 150gms patties. Shape and flatten. Fry or grill the burger patties until golden brown and cooked through
  4. While the burgers are cooking, fry the 4 rashers of bacon until crispy.
  5. Prepare all the other burger toppings.
  6. Assemble the burger with lettuce, tomato and spicy mayonnaise. Top with the burger patty, bacon, red onion, sliced avocado and sliced peppadews.

A few of my other favourite burger recipes:

Pork burger with apple & sage

Pork burgers with apple & sage

A crunchy jerk fried chicken burger

The Bloody Mary burger

Salmon burger on a black brioche bun:

A vegetarian burger with black mushroom roasted with pesto

vegetarian mushroom burger with pesto


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  1. Judy Bailey

    Is there any way that you could tell us here in the USA how to make up the meat mixture so that we could enjoy it here as a burger? It sounds lickery good!
    We are a part of a goup that cooks foods of different nations and this would be a lovely addition for us.
    Thank you for your marvelous blog. It is how I travel anymore to faraway places!

  2. Sam

    HI Judy – you will need to google a good home-made boerewors recipe and play around with the spice ratios. It’s quite a strong coriander seed element. I don’t have a recipe as I have personally never made it from scratch. Check out this video: also look at this recipe:
    and this one:

    All quite a lot of work but could be a fun exercise. Most of them are quite fatty but I prefer a leaner one.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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