“If the US have McDonald’s, then the Philippines have Jollibee” – this is what I tell my friends in the US if they ask me what Jollibee is. Jollibbe is the biggest and one of the most popular fast food chain restaurants in the Philippines. So popular, in fact, most babies learn “jabee” as one of their first words. It is very well-known amongst Filipinos, especially kids, since most of them celebrated their 7th birthday with Jollibee (ahem) They not only serve delicious burgers and chicken, but the cost is very economical and appeals to the masses. I remember when I was highschool, my friends and I would hang out at a Jollibee after class having ice cream or french fries. Ahh those days…
To me, Jollibee is a symbol of innocence and memories of my younger years. One of my favorite dishes (and probably the most popular) is their burger steak. Burger steak or hamburger steak is a lot like Salisbury steak; friend beef patties topped with creamy mushroom gravy. Along with burger steak, Jollibee also serve spaghetti, (delicious!) fried chicken, and some Filipino favorites like “palabok” and “lumpia”. You might even have a Jollibee close to you if you live in California (where Filipinos are everywhere) There is one in Seattle, which is about 20 minutes south from Downtown. My husband and I also do our Filipino grocery shopping at a Filipino store there. You might find the sweetest Philippine mangoes here too.
Filipino Burger Steak
Burger steak is a popular dish in the Philippines, popularized by Jollibee (Philippine's most popular fast food)
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For the burger patties
1 pound ground beef
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
For the mushroom gravy
2 tbsp butter
1 pound sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup flour
1 quart (4 cups) beef stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
To make the burger patties
1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, Dijon mustard, onion, garlic, egg, salt and pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or with your hands until well combined.
2. Depending on your preferred thickness of the patty, scoop the mixture and shape into a burger patty. This can be done by rolling the mixture into equal-sized balls then flatten them on to a flat surface or using the palms of your hands.
3. Fry burger patties in a pre-heated pan or grill. Cook each side for 2 to 3 minutes depending on thickness. Continue to fry all your patties, then set aside.
To make the Mushroom gravy
1. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium to high heat. Add the the mushrooms and saute for about 10 minutes or until brown and the mushroom juices evaporate. Stir in flour and reduce the heat to medium, cook for another 3 minutes.
2. Whisk in 1 cup of beef broth, then add the rest once incorporated. Add the thyme and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper according to taste.
3. Serve mushroom gravy on top of burger patties. Serve with mashed potatoes or steamed rice.
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