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Samuel Medley3 years ago

Make your next Melbourne Cup BBQ all the more special with these scrumptious finger food recipes

It’s fast approaching the time of year for having a flutter and getting your mates around for your annual Melbourne Cup BBQ. If you want to indulge in something a bit fancier than the usual snags and steaks this time around, be sure to check out these great finger food recipes that are guaranteed to have your friends galloping back for more.

Hot Grilled Lamb Skewers

Darwin lamb skewer


These delicious and easy to prepare skewers are a sure-fire hit. However, it is important to note that they should be prepared the day before your BBQ.

Skewer Ingredients:

  • 800g-boned leg of lamb cut into small, even squares around 2.5 cm
  • Red capsicum
  • Onion

For marinade

  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp of cracked peppercorns
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamom
  • 85g plain yoghurt
  • 25g ginger
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of garam masala
  • ½ of red chilli powder (or to taste)


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a blender and mix to a smooth paste.
  2. Add 1 tsp of salt and a dash of cracked pepper.
  3. Mix lamb squares with marinade ingredients, then cover and place in fridge to leave overnight. This will allow them to marinate properly.
  4. When the lamb is ready to cook, soak wooden skewers in water for around 10 minutes. You should set your BBQ to medium-high.
  5. Add around 5 pieces of lamb to each skewer. Intersperse lamb pieces with capsicum and onion.
  6. Place skewers on BBQ oil racks and cook for around 13 minutes, turning the skewers at regular intervals.
  7. When the meat is cooked all the way through, remove them from the BBQ and serve accordingly with sides or by themselves if you prefer.

Scrumptious Mini Ginger Chicken Burgers With Chipotle Mayo

Darwin burgers mini

These satisfying mini burgers are so tasty that your guests are guaranteed to have a good time even if their horse comes last. A food processor is required for this recipe.

Burger Ingredients

  • 200g Chicken Breast Fillets (chopped and prepared)
  • 1 ½ tsps of curry powder
  • 1 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 2 green onion, diced
  • Spinach or rocket (depending on your preference)
  • 5cm of peeled and chopped ginger
  • ¼ cup of coriander leaves
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • Small soft bread rolls

Chipotle Mayo Ingredients

  • ½ Cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano leaves
  • 2 chipotle chillies (mild and according to taste)


  1. Use a food processor to combine the chicken, garlic, curry powder, onion, ginger and coriander until mix is created.
  2. Use a tablespoon and scoop the mixture into even patties.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat to cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
  4. To prepare the Chipotle mayo, remove chipotles from sauce and chop them finely. Whisk this thoroughly with oregano, regular mayonnaise and sour cream. After this, chill mix for 1 hour to achieve maximum flavour.
  5. After cooking the patties and the chilling of the chipotle is complete, add both to the small soft bread rolls and serve with your choice of accompanying filler salad.

Need to stock up on quality meat for your next Darwin BBQ for Melbourne Cup? Be sure to call or visit these Butchers servicing the Darwin area!

Meat Direct

Offering an excellent range of organic beef, lamb, poultry, pork and much more, Meat Direct has your next Darwin BBQ covered. Their friendly team are committed to selling only the finest cuts at the best possible prices. Meat Direct provide.

  • Affordable wholesale meat supply services
  • Phone meat delivery services
  • Sumptuous seafood & much more

Call or visit the friendly butchers at Meat Direct today. You can find them on LocalSearch.

Jamie’s Tender Meats

For seriously delicious lamb, beef, chicken and sausages perfect for any BBQ, be sure to visit the Darwin Butchers at Jamie’s Tender Meats. They provide:

  • Quality cuts at affordable prices
  • Cryovac meats
  • Spit hire services & much more

Stock up for your BBQ with Jamie’s Tender Meats. You can find them on LocalSearch.