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How to Make Delicious Peanut Burger (West African Snack)

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Peanut burger is a popular West African snack.

Peanut burger is a popular West African snack.

What Is Peanut Burger?

Contrary to what some in the West might think, peanut burger is not a hamburger made out of peanuts. Rather, it is a popular West African snack that is loved by kids and adults alike. Made by coating peanuts (also called groundnuts) and then frying them, this snack is easy, inexpensive and delicious.

Peanut burger is best stored in an airtight container, preferably a jar.


  • 3 cups raw peanuts (groundnuts)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups vegetable oil


  1. You can use already roasted groundnuts (peanuts). But if you have raw peanuts, you can roast or fry them yourself. For extra flavor, I start the frying process by first soaking the peanuts in hot water for 15 minutes, then I drain and dry the peanuts for 1 hour. Next, I pour in a nice layer of table salt in a pan and then I fry (roast) the peanuts in the salt until they are brown. Sieve out the peanuts in a tray and leave them to cool.
  2. Break the eggs into a bowl and add the salt and sugar. Whisk together.
  3. In a bigger bowl, pour in the roasted peanuts. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the whisked egg and toss the peanuts. Next, pour in 1 tablespoon of flour and toss.
  4. Repeat the process until both the flour and the eggs are exhausted. This will give you finely coated peanuts.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the coated peanuts until they are nice and brown.
  6. Your yummy peanut burger is ready.


  • For extra flavor, you can add a drop of vanilla to the egg mixture.
  • You can also add 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of powdered milk to the flour and mix.

If you love peanuts, try these peanut cookies!

Questions & Answers

Question: What causes the groundnut not to be well done/cooked even when the color of the peanut is brown already?

Answer: You have to roast the groundnut first before making the peanut burger. Don't use raw groundnuts or it won't cook through.

Question: Is baking powder necessary in the production of peanut?

Answer: Yes, it is.

Question: Should I add flour to the Peanut Burger snack?

Answer: No. Do not add water to your dry ingredients. Your wet ingredients has enough moisture to coat your peanut. Pour the flour over the peanut gradually as you roll it. Don't add too much flour at once.

Question: Can I add food colorant to my buger to have an egg yellow kind of look?

Answer: If you want to. As long as the colorant doesn't affect the taste.


Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 30, 2020:

Yes Angel, it is.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 30, 2020:

Yes Angel, it is.

Angel on August 27, 2020:

nice ma is it compulsory to add egg

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 25, 2020:

Hi Rose,

There are a number of factors that could cause that. Don't oversoak your groundnuts before you fry them. Don't allow air into the container you store your groundnuts.

Rose on August 25, 2020:

Good one but my was good but my groundnut was too soft

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 24, 2020:

Hi Peace,

Soak the groundnut in hot water first then dry. Or you can fry it straight up. Whichever method you're used to.

Peace on August 24, 2020:

Is that I will first wash the peanut than dry it and I will start frying

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 20, 2020:

Thank you so much Ummu, I appreciate your feedback.

ummu-Musa'b on August 20, 2020:

thanks for sharing your knowledge. I really love the way you explain in steps.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 15, 2020:

Use 9 eggs. It's 1 egg for 1 cup of flour. Also use 1 mudu of groundnut for 1 mudu of flour. But if this is your first time, I'll suggest you do it in small batches until you perfect your skill to avoid wasting your money and ingredients.

Vdj on August 15, 2020:

I have 1 mudu of flour how many eggs should I use

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 15, 2020:


Did you follow the instructions above?

Vdj on August 15, 2020:

I made it but the flour did not coat the groundnut

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 15, 2020:

Hi Vdj,

If you don't fry the groundnut before you coat it, it won't cook through.

Vdj on August 15, 2020:

Must i fry/roast the groundnut

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 08, 2020:

No Rita. But it gives it a better taste than if there's no milk.

rita on August 08, 2020:

must i put milk

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on August 06, 2020:

Thank you too.

Amaka esther on August 06, 2020:

Perfect explanation thank you?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 29, 2020:

Hi Imma,

No, it is best to use your regular all purpose flour. The one you buy in your baking shop.

Immaculate on July 29, 2020:

Ma, please it necessary to use rice flour?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 23, 2020:

Hi Austa,

Butter is not actually necessary. If you must, add a little melted butter to the egg mixture from the start before you start tossing your peanuts.

Austa on July 23, 2020:

Thanks 4 Sharring Ur Recipe. Pls At What Point Should I Add Butter.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 21, 2020:

Hi Anne, that is strange. Can you tell me how you made it? Your ingredients, mixing and how long you fried it. There's something wrong somewhere?

Anne on July 21, 2020:

Hi. I tried making mine but the peanut burger came out very strong. I almost lost my dentition when chewing it... hahaha. Please what could be the reason

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 18, 2020:

Hi Maryann,

It's 157ml.

Maryann on July 18, 2020:

The cup to be used for measuring is it 250ml?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 17, 2020:

Yes Aminu. It is an awesome snack.

Aminu MK on July 17, 2020:

Wow it is awesome i'll it....

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 15, 2020:

Hi Glory,

The smoothness of your peanuts depend on two things.

1. Your ingredients

2. The way you roll it.

Make sure your wet ingredients are properly mixed. Your egg should be properly beaten with your salt and sugar. Your flour should not have particles in it. You can sieve it if you want.

In your rolling, if you don't know how to toss, you can use a large tray.

Pour your peanut on the tray. Sprinkle the egg mixture on the groundnut then sprinkle some flour. Then move the tray back and forth. You'll notice the flour covering the groundnut. Then sprinkle the egg mixture again and pour some flour mixture. Keep doing it like this until your peanut is coated completely.

Don't rush and pour all the egg at the same time or pour the flour at the same time.

Glory on July 15, 2020:

Please mine peanut was not smooth, so what should I use to make it smooth, thanks

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 13, 2020:

Hi Glory, how do you roll it?

Ibeh glory on July 12, 2020:

My peanut is not always round im shape, that uniform ovary shape mostly is not reflected, please how best can one roll or rap the groundnuts into coated peanut shape

Adebisi on July 11, 2020:

Thanks, that was helpful

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 10, 2020:

OK. . You can ask for preservatives in a confectionery shop when you go to buy your ingredients. But remember, if it's a powder mix it with your dry ingredients in the right amount. If it's liquid, mix it with your wet ingredients.

Adebisi on July 10, 2020:

I want to go into a business with it,so what if it happens to be that it wasn't bought in a week or so, won't it get spoilt?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 09, 2020:

Hi Adebisi, thank you for your review. I really don't know anything about preservatives. Because I don't use them. Also you don't really need it for this snack. As long as you fry your burgers to be dry and your container is airtight, it won't spoil for at least a week.

Adebisi on July 09, 2020:


I really like your recipe,please what's are the preservatives I can use?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 06, 2020:

How long does it stay before it starts to change color?

Amanda on July 05, 2020:

Ma,the peanuts are dry and i do package it in an airtight nylon and i use my pin to close it.As a matter of fact,i do sell them all cos its tasty but sometimes i dont like the change of its colour and thats the reason i want to know the cause of that.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on July 04, 2020:

Hi Amanda, thank you for the review. Did you store it in an airtight container? If you did, then it's probably because you didn't fry the peanuts long enough. Of course, you can decide how long you want to fry it or how dry you want it. But it lasts longer when it's fried it's crisp and stored in an airtight container.

Amanda on July 04, 2020:

I really enjoyed your recipe and my question is what causes my peanut to change colour after some days of making it?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on June 27, 2020:

Chinyere kedu,

There are three reasons I can think of why this is happening. One is that you might be adding water to your ingredients. This is wrong. Do not add water to your ingredients. The second reason is that your binding ingredient might not be enough. The binding ingredient in this case is your egg. Make sure you use enough eggs. The third reason is that your wet ingredients to dry ingredients ratio might be off. Don't use too much flour. When you pour in the egg mixture, pour your flour in batches and roll or toss it till all the flour disappears. It should stick to the peanut before you drop them into the fryer. Try these suggestions and get back to me if you have more questions. Thank you.

Chinyere gift on June 27, 2020:

Why does my peanut seperates when frying

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on June 22, 2020:

Hi Solange,

The aim is to thoroughly coat the peanuts. That is why you pour in the flour in batches. If you want your burger to be big you can keep using more flour and egg mixture till the burger is the size you want. There is no hard rule on how much flour you should use.

Ngek Solange on June 21, 2020:

What Is The Maximum Quantity Of Flour I Can Put In My Peanuts?

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on June 02, 2020:

Use a teaspoon of melted butter. It is important that you use very little butter to prevent your burger from being soggy and oily.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on May 27, 2020:

It is necessary. The coating is just like a pastry. You need butter but not too much.

Eunice Godfrey (author) from Nigeria on May 27, 2020:

It's possibly because of the way you roll it. Also you're probably pouring too much flour. Make sure your batter to flour ratio is consistent. If this continues let me know. Also let me know if it works. Thank you

Nweke Gift on May 26, 2020:

Is it necessary to add butter

Tinannochiri on May 25, 2020:

The ones done look very attractive , mine is not always smooth , may I know why ? And it gets burnt

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 03, 2019:

They sound delicious. Definitely something I would like to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

RoadMonkey on October 02, 2019:

That's a delicious sounding snack.

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