Our best Kangaroo burger recipe for your BBQ sessions

The perfect kangaroo burger cooked on the STOV BBQ (a small portable gas barbecue)

Do you like burgers, BBQ and kangaroo meat? Get ready, we have all the information you need to create your perfect kangaroo burger cooked on the barbecue. We have split this article into different sections, covering how to cook your roo burger, how to marinate your meat and cover all the ingredients that you need for a great arvo with family and friends around the barbecue.

A special Flavour: Kangaroo Meat

Kangaroo meat is often described as rich, gamey, and slightly sweet. This unique taste sets it apart from chicken or beef. It is a lean meat that is very likely one of the most healthy meats you can find here in Australia. Marinated, cooked on your BBQ (we recommend our STOV BBQ), and prepared as a burger, few things taste better. If you are into other food, check out our recipes here. delight blends the robust taste of kangaroo meat with a medley of seasonings, promising a gastronomic adventure like no other.

Ingredients for the Perfect Kangaroo Burger (BBQ Edition)

Here is what you need to prepare and combine for your delicious Roo-Burger recipe:

  • 500 gram of kangaroo meat
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Burger buns (We would recommend brioche buns)
  • Sriracha mayonnaise (or use some chilli flakes)
  • Cheese slices
  • Lettuce and tomatoes

Steps to Prepare and Cook on the BBQ (also works with kangaroo fillets)

  1. Mixing the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine kangaroo meat, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped onions, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Ensure an even distribution of ingredients, creating a super tasty blend.
  2. Forming patties: Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into patties. Pro tip: Make an indentation in the center to prevent the patties from bulging during grilling. Slightly drizzle the patties in olive oil.
  3. Preheating the BBQ: Preheat your BBQ to medium-high heat.
  4. Grilling the patties: Place the kangaroo patties on the preheated BBQ. Grill each side for approximately 2-5 minutes or until they reach your desired level of doneness. If adding cheese, place a slice on each patty during the last minute of grilling (or once flipped for the last time).
  5. Toasting the Buns: During the last few minutes of grilling, place the burger buns on the BBQ to toast them lightly.
  6. Assembling the Kangaroo Burgers: Remove the patties and buns from the BBQ. Assemble the burgers by placing the patties on the toasted buns and adding your preferred toppings.

You won't believe how easy this is but how super tasty! Give it a go. You can set aside a salad to eat with your burger. If you want to know all the details about further preparation keep on reading.

Flipping kangaroo patties for the burger with the STOV tongs

Learning the Basics: How to Cook Kangaroo

Kangaroo is a unique meat and mastering the basics of cooking it you can make sure to barbecue a flavourful and tender dish. In this section, we'll explore the essentials of preparing kangaroo, from choosing the right cuts to learning how to marinade your food for an elevated flavor profile.

Choosing the Right Kangaroo Cuts

Kangaroo meat comes in various cuts, each with its characteristics. To master the basics of cooking kangaroo, understanding the different cuts is crucial.

Kangaroo Fillet:

Known for its tenderness, the fillet is a prime cut that benefits from quick cooking methods like grilling, pan-searing, or even stir fry. Keep it medium-rare for the best texture and flavor.

Kangaroo Steak:

A versatile cut suitable for various recipes, kangaroo steak is ideal for grilling or pan-searing. Marinating enhances its tenderness, making it a favorite for BBQ enthusiasts.

Kangaroo Mince:

Perfect for diverse recipes, kangaroo mince adds a rich, gamey flavor to dishes. Use it in burgers, pasta sauces, or savory pies for a unique culinary experience.

Marinating Magic: Elevating Kangaroo Flavor

Marinating is a key step for some to enhance flavor and tenderness. We recommend this especially for kangaroo fillets. Here's a guide to marinating kangaroo meat effectively.

Ingredients for a Kangaroo Marinade:

  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce (optional)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Rosemary or thyme (fresh or dried)
  • Black pepper

Steps to Marinate Kangaroo:

  1. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, and your choice of herbs.
  2. Add black pepper for a hint of spice.
  3. Coat the kangaroo meat evenly with the marinade, ensuring each piece is covered.
  4. Allow the meat to marinate for at least 2-4 hours, or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Bring the meat to room temperature before cooking for even cooking.

Marinating not only leaves a depth of flavor but also tenderises the meat. Try it out!

Steps to Cook Kangaroo Meat on the BBQ:

1. Preparation:

Start by ensuring your meat is at room temperature. If marinated, let it sit for a few minutes to remove excess chill.

2. Preheat the BBQ:

Preheat your BBQ to medium-high heat. Proper preheating ensures a seared exterior while keeping the inside tender and juicy.

3. Brush with Olive Oil:

Lightly brush the kangaroo meat with olive oil. This not only prevents sticking but also adds a subtle richness to the meat.

4. Seasoning:

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the meat. If you've marinated the meat, additional seasoning may not be necessary, but adjust according to your taste.

5. Placement on the BBQ:

Place the kangaroo fillet, steak, or patties on the preheated BBQ. For fillets and steaks, sear each side for 3-4 minutes to achieve a medium-rare doneness. For patties, cook for 4-5 minutes per side.

6. Avoid Overcooking:

Kangaroo meat is lean and can dry out if overcooked. Aim for medium-rare to medium doneness to retain its tenderness and unique flavor.

7. Resting Period:

Once cooked to your liking, allow the kangaroo meat to rest for a few minutes before serving. This ensures the juices are redistributed, keeping the meat moist.

8. Serve with Your Favourite Sides:

Plate the grilled kangaroo meat and serve it with your preferred sides. Fresh salads, grilled vegetables, or a tangy sauce can complement the robust flavours.


FAQs: Everything you need to know for Kangaroo Culinary Secrets

1. Can I substitute kangaroo meat in traditional recipes?

Absolutely! Kangaroo meat adds a unique twist to traditional dishes, infusing them with a distinct flavour and they will also enhance your diet.

2. Are there specific cooking techniques for kangaroo patties?

Indeed, kangaroo patties shine when cooked on an open flame or grill, enhancing their smoky and savory notes. Make sure to heat your BBQ and set them aside for some rest after cooking.

3. How can I ensure kangaroo meat stays tender?

Marinating and slow-cooking are key techniques to ensure tenderness in kangaroo meat, preserving its natural juiciness. Use medium heat to high heat for kangaroo fillets and stir fry.

4. What sides complement kangaroo burgers?

Go for a fresh salad, grilled vegetables, or sweet potato fries to complement the distinct flavours of kangaroo burgers.

5. Can kangaroo mince be used in pasta dishes?

Certainly! Kangaroo mince adds a rich and gamey flavor to pasta dishes. Next time you cook spaghetti bolognese - try it with kangaroo mince.

6. Any tips for cooking kangaroo steaks or stir fry to perfection?

Ensure kangaroo steaks are cooked medium-rare to retain their tenderness and unique taste. See all the tips above.

Happy BBQing! Want to find out what BBQ to choose for your kangaroo burger? Check out our STOV BBQ here.

Want to try some other burger recipes variations for your BBQ? Check the recipes below: