Kangaroo, fennel and caraway burgers

Kangaroo is lean, good for the environment, dirt cheap and one of the richest natural sources of CLA. All very good reasons to get it into you. Kangaroo burgers are my regular afternoon snack along with different coloured peppers, they’re something I can eat sitting at my desk, one handed. The addition of the fennel and caraway means that the strong gamy flavour some people don’t like is made a bit more like the sweetness of good lamb

: Kangaroo, fennel and carraway burger
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2kg kangaroo steak mince*
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons natural sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  1. Place the onion and garlic in a food processor or finely chop.
  2. If using a food processor switch to the plastic blade and add remaining ingredients. Process until the mixture is fully combined and the meat becomes a bit more sticky. This kneading is the trick to getting your burgers to bind without extra fillers.
  3. If you are working by hand mix the mixture thoroughly. Divide the mixture into quarters and place one quarter in a smaller mixing bowl. Form into a ball and repeatedly ‘slap’ the mixture against the edge of the bowl. This slapping is the trick to getting your burgers to bind without extra fillers.
  4. Form into 110g patties and grill on the barbecue or spread evenly across trays and bake for about 20 minutes at 180ºC

Serves: 20

*If you’re like me and can’t stand the gristly bits in the supermarket kangaroo mince, ask your butcher to mince some kangaroo steak. It’s slightly more expensive but much tastier. Alternatively make your own steak mince from kangaroo steak. Simply dice it then pulse it in a food processor using the metal blade.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10-20 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein, Gluten free

Calories: 107

Fat: 1.4

Protein: 22


About Michelle

Michelle is passionate about showing people how easy it is to prepare food that is healthy and packed full of flavour. She has just completed her first recipe book, Healthy Helpings: fast food for fit physiques. She began sharing her love of food in 2007, when she produced two series of the online cooking show ‘Healthy Helpings TV’, making fast food healthy and healthy food fast. In 2008 she competed in bodybuilding as a novice figure shaping competitor and she remains passionate about physique sports. She was a 2009 Australian Masterchef semi-finalist, and contributes articles to Oxygen Magazine Australia. Michelle lives with her husband on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where she loves to search out new ingredients and food ideas from local farmers markets, health food shops and ethnic grocers, and take her two dogs on long rambles through the vineyards. Find out more about Michelle's book