It’s so easy and it’s sure to be your go-to for surprising your guests during lunch or dinner. I just couldn’t believe I had made something so simple yet incredibly tasty. The first time I saw a Tostones burger was on Twitter and I said to myself, ‘That looks like it’s going to fall apart.’
Tostones are a popular Latin-American & Carribean staple snack or side dish made from twice-fried mashed green plantains. I liken it much to our regular plantain chips but a much-thicker and less crunchy cousin of plantain chips.
So I decided to make Tostones Burgers and since it’s AU day what better way to celebrate our dear green plantain which we limit to only plantain chips and the preparation of fufu 🤷🏾♀️. I made mine with a bit of heat with red chillis as usual :D.
- Deep saucepan
- Chef knife
- small plate
- aluminium foil
- Grill pan for burgers
2 medium-sized green plantains
Small sized Burger patty
Lettuce or Rocket salad
Chopped fresh chilli
Pinch of salt
- Peel plantains from skin using knife. Discard skin or compost.
- Cut into large chunks
- Heat 2 cups of vegetable oil in the saucepan at Gas Mark 3
- Fry plantains till slightly golden brown for 5minutes
- Take out and place on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Allow to cool.
- Cover the base of the small plate with the aluminium foil. Then pick one plantain, sliced part facing upwards and position the covered base over the plantain and smash it down. This will flatten the plantain into a round shape. Do same for all.
- Refry the smashed plantains in the heated oil for two minutes on each side.
- Fry your burger patty in the grill pan and top with cheese.
- Pick one tostone (smashed plantain) and layer the burger patty on it. Followed by onions, greens and dollops of ketchup or garlic mayo. Lastly add chopped chilli.
- Do same for others.
Divine I say! I was surprised to not have the whole thing falling apart on me. It took me three bites to finish mine as I used smaller plantains. The bigger the plantain, the bigger your slider.
The tostone was firm and crunchy at the same time! It was a perfect balance of mild but barely noticeable taste of green plantain and the flavourful burger patty and the chilis!
I would make this any day and if you are bread averse then this should be your next favourite burger.
Happy AU DAY!
Have you tried Tostones burger before?
Do share your taste experience!