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Kachumbari & Kuku Choma Burger

Last year, Heron Portico threw a challenge to myself and other food bloggers in the country to create a Kenyan Themed burger. For various reasons, we were not able to rise to the ocasion then. I couldnt because I had so much going on and I was still singlehandedly polishing up on my then 3 month old blog. Pendo la mama made her Kenyan themed burger a couple of weeks ago and she totally aced it! I have always looked up to her and I feel after she took it up (so well I might add) that gave me the courage to make my own Kenyan Burger.

For my burger, I decided to focus more on what I call the Tastes of Kenya. The things/ foods you eat that will always remind you of Kenya; remind you of home no matter which corner of the world you have this. Flavors that will give you a taste of our beautiful coast,  and those that reminded me of family kuku barbecues in majestic Maragoli hills of Western Kenya. On the eve on Jamhuri day, I present to you my Kenyan Burger: Kachumbari and Kuku choma burger with a sweet and sour Ukwaju sauce.

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COOK TIME: 45                                                    MINUTES MAKES: 4


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Palm sized chicken breast

3 farmers choice spicy pork sausage (or beef)

1 sprig of fresh rosemary (or 1/4 teaspoon of dried rosemary)

5 cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon of black pepper seeds

4 buns

Cheddar Cheese


For the sauce

2 tomatoes, grated

3 ukwaju seeds

1/2 a lemon, squeezed

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce


For the kachumbari

2 tomatoes, diced

1 red onion, finely diced (or spring onion)

1/4 of thumbsized ginger root, very finely diced

1/2 a lemon, finely diced

Coriander, finely diced



Begin by preparing the kachumbari. Dice everything up and put in a small bowl. Squeeze some lemon juice over everyhting and mix it all up. Set aside. Ensure the ginger especially is cut up into really tiny pieces.It is even better if you can grate some into the kachumbari.

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If you use red onion, ensure to soak them in some hot water with some salt before incorporating it to the kachumbari. This softens their intense taste. I ran out of red onion so I used spring onion. Spring onion need not be soaked since they are milder.

Begin working on your pattie. Put your minced chicken in a bowl together with the skinned sausage. Grind the rosemary , garlic and black pepper in a kinu and add this to the bowl. I forgot to have my chicken minced at the butchers. So I just cut it up into very very small pieces. The sausage played a key role of keeping it together, so do not leave it out.

Mix everything until it is evenly mixed. Scoop some of this mixture and shape into patties. Put them onto a pan and cook until each side turns golden brown. Once they are done set them aside.

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For the sauce, put all the ingredients in a shallow frying pan together with 1/2 a cup of hot water. Allow this to simmer down until it thickens. This will take about 15 minutes. You can taste this and adjust ingredients until they fit your own preference of sweet-sour balance.

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Begin layering your burger. Cheese, then pattie, then sauce, then more cheese (yum!) then kachumbari then bun.

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Dig In!

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This is a perfect blend of the flavors of kenya. The sweet and sour ukwaju sauce goes perfectly with the two-meat pattie. The freshness of the kachumbari makes the flavors even more complex and the cheese adds so much creaminess.

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How heavenly does this look? Have a taste of Kenya with my kachumbari and kuku choma burger



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  1. Debbie

    can I come live with you ????????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      LOL! You can come and pay for all groceries as I cook for you!

  2. Aika

    Mouth watering!!! Love it!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      you soo much! It is really delicious

  3. adashofpepper

    Always inspiring, honestly this looks delicious.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you for your feedback! It means so much <3. I hope you try this out!

  4. Lucy wainaina

    Which cheese did you use

    • kaluhiskitchen


  5. Lucy wainaina

    Pardon, meant to ask did you melt the cheddar?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I did not melt it. The kuku choma pattie was hot so it melted on its own during assembling. I use the brand by “laughing cow” since it is thinly sliced and makes the burger look pretty neat

  6. daisy

    oooh woooow, I love this. I am salivating. Bumped int you today and I must say, this recipe has just made it for me. looking forward to more

    • kaluhiskitchen

      karibu sana to the #KK family! I hope you not only try out this recipe but also all others that are on the blog

  7. Liz

    That burger is amazing and the photos are awesome!!!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much Liz <3 < 3

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