Snoekburger with Spicy Tomato Jam

Braai’d snoek Burger night! A new sweet twist on your regular Braai Snoek – turn it into a delicious orange & harissa flavoured burger pattie made with sweet potato & a hint of marmalade. Paired with a tasty tomato jam and your favourite burger toppings.


Cooking Methods

  • Braai
  • Cooking




For The Fish Patties

  • 1 kg Food Lover’s Signature Market Braai Snoek
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 45 ml (3 Tbsp) orange marmalade or apricot jam
  • 500 ml (2 cups) sweet potato, cooked & mashed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) harissa paste (*see notes below)
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For The Tomato Jam

  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 marinated sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 1-2 red chillies, finely chopped (optional)

For Assembling The Burgers

  • 6 sesame seed buns, from our bakery. (*Or Roosterkoek on the Braai)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) red cabbage, shredded
  • 250 ml (1 cup) rocket leaves, washed


For The Fish Patties:

  1. Place the snoek on a baking tray. Season with salt and black pepper, cover the fish with orange zest and the jam, drizzle with a dash of olive oil and braai for about 20-25 minutes over medium coals or until fully cooked
  2. move from the oven and allow to cool before flaking the fish and removing all the bones.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flaked snoek, mashed sweet potato, eggs, harissa paste, spring onions and chopped herbs, season to taste.
  4. Form the snoek patties and place on a plate or tray and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  5. Heat a frying pan with a dash of olive oil and fry the snoek patties for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  6. For The Tomato Jam:

    1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat with a knob of butter, add the onions and fry for about 8-10 minutes.
    2. Add the tomatoes and place the lid on and cook for another 10 minutes.
    3. Add the sugar and simmer for about 40-45 minutes or until sticky.
    4. Assembling The Burgers:

      1. Slice the rolls and butter them, then toast both sides of the rolls on a griddle pan.
      2. Top the burgers with the snoek patties, tomato slices, shredded red cabbage and rocket. Serve with the tomato jam and roasted potato wedges.


IF you have leftover snoek, you can use it the next day to make these burger patties.
Replace the burger buns with Roosterkoek!

*Homemade Harissa Paste:

If you cannot get store-bought Harissa, you can make your own Harissa paste in advance. Click here for a homemade Harissa recipe. 

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