Beef and bacon rissoles

I’m still experimenting with mince recipes to use the four kilograms I got on sale for $3.99/kg at Super Butcher a few weeks ago. It was such a fantastic bargain I had to buy as much as I could fit in my freezer. I’ve already made mince wellington, speedy stir-fry and party pies which all turned out well. My latest new mince recipe was Beef Patties wrapped in bacon. This was another great recipe from the October issue of Recipes Plus.

Mix it up

I skipped the photos of the first step as it’s the usual. Saute onion and garlic for about five minutes and leave aside to cool. In a big bowl, combine the cooled onion mixture, mince, egg, parsley, breadcrumbs (use cornflake crumbs to make gluten free) and mushrooms and carrots (these were my addition).


Season with salt and pepper.


Shape the mixture into eight even-sized patties.

Wrap them up

Wrap the patties in bacon. I used pancetta for mine as I had some left over in the fridge. I always like to refrigerate patties before cooking so I put mine in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.


In the same pan used for the onion, cook the patties, seam-side down first for four minutes on either side.


Place the patties on a lined baking tray and cook at 180 degrees (fan-forced) for about five minutes. Serve with whatever your heart desires.

I still have about 2kg of mince left to use so if you have any great mince ideas please share them with me!


Beef and Bacon Rissoles

Beef and Bacon Rissoles

Yield: 4


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (I used it from a jar)
  • 400g (14oz) beef mince (I only used 300g-11oz)
  • 1/3 cup packaged dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 bacon rashers, rind removed, halved lengthwise (I used pancetta as I didn't have any bacon)
  • I also added finely chopped mushrooms and carrot to make up the 100g (3 1/2 oz) of mince I missed out (this reduces the calories)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (360F) degrees fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a large frying pan over moderate heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for about five minutes then remove it to cool.
  3. Combine mince, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley and onion mixture (and mushrooms and carrots if you're using them). Season with salt and pepper. Shape mixture into 8 patties and wrap bacon pieces around them.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and cook patties, seam side down for 4 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to prepared tray and bake for about 5 minutes.

Serve with whatever you like. We had wedges and corn with ours. The patties were definitely the star of the show.

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