Kiwi Az Burger

Recipe by Josh Wilson


Time of preparation

1 h 30 min

Cooking time

30 min



  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon manuka honey
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 250 grams venison or beef mince
  • 150 grams smoked streaky bacon
  • 175 grams paua
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1 cup Best Foods aioli
  • 250 gram tomato sauce

Brioche bun

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons activated charcoal powder
  • 4 cups flour

To Serve

  • tomato
  • baby spinach
  • 200 grams halloumi
  • 200 grams smoked cheddar cheese block

Recipe Directions

To make the patties (tip: start with this step first if you're making the buns)

  1. Add venison, bacon and Paua with all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add crushed garlic, honey, cheese and free-range egg.

  2. Scoop three spoons of the patty mix into your hands to create your patty shape and place onto a lined baking tray. Repeat the process until all the mix is done. Bake in the oven on 180°c for 15 minutes.

  3. Finish off the patties by cooking them in a large pan with cooking oil for 2-4 minutes on each side until you get your desired crunchiness. Remove and place on a plate with a paper towel to drain any excess oil.

To make the black buns (You can use your own favourite store-bought buns if you desire)

  1. Dissolve the sugar in 3/4 cup of warm water. Add yeast and set aside for 5-10 minutes until it starts to foam up a bit.

  2. Mix flour, salt and activated charcoal together in a mixing bowl.

  3. Stir sesame oil into the water and yeast mixture, then pour into the mixing bowl. Bring together into a dough (tip: place dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic).

  4. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for an hour (or until doubled in size).

  5. Preheat oven to 180°c fan bake.

  6. Remove dough from the bowl and use a knife to cut it into four even portions. Lightly knead each portion and form it into a smooth bun shape. Arrange buns on a baking tray and set aside for another 20-30 minutes to rise a little again before baking.

  7. Bake buns for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before serving.

To assemble

  1. Add a good amount of Best Foods Aioli to the top and bottom of the bun. Add your spinach, cooked halloumi, patty, cheese, tomato sauce, bacon, tomato and extra spinach. Enclose with the bun and dig in.