Jul 3: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; ‘Australian’ Meatloaf Burger


Since Philip was on the way back from Studio City, a stop at Popeyes seemed like a good thing to do.

  • 10 pieces of dark and spicy chicken is $15.25 or $3.81 a serve with tax, because Philip had three pieces.
  • Half the Large Red Beans and Rice is $2.17 with tax, per serve.

Lunch today cost $5.98 per serve.


Since we had remaining leftover meatloaf, which was made to a rissole recipe, we thought we might emulate an Australian style burger. Unlike the US an Australian burger always has grilled onion – never raw – and there is onion in the rissole recipe.

The other essential additions are pickled beetroot and an egg. Cheese has only appeared in Australian burgers (we think) since the introduction of an American cheeseburger, but we added cheddar anyway, because why not!

This is a genuine works burger from last December’s Australian trip. We know it’s authentic because the proprietor was Greek!

A genuine Australian burger.
  • A full server of the meatloaf was $5.10 but we used 1/3 serve per burger, or $1.36 per burger. Since Philip had two after working up an appetite in the yard, the average was $2.04 per serve
  • The sprouted wholemeal is $3.49 a loaf with 18 slices, or 39c per two slice burger/sandwich, or an average of 57c per serve
  • The cheese is $5.99 for an 8oz block, and we used 1oz per burger, or $1.13 per serve on average
  • The beets were 69c for a small can, of which we used about half, or 35c per serve
  • The kumatos (black tomato) are $3.49 for six, and we used two, or 39c per serve
  • A pastured egg is 50c or 75c per serve average
  • Add 10c for the lettuce.

While not an authentic burger this was a very satisfying sandwich, evoking the flavor profile of an Australian burger for an average of $5.33 per serve. Each sandwich was $3.55 and, truthfully, one would have bene enough, even after some heavy yard work.

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