When it comes to burgers, I like spicy chicken fillet burgers. Particularly those ones at fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s with the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe or KFC’s Zinger Burger. Yum… I really am a chicken girl.
Recently though, while I was off in the UK alone, my brother had been at home perfecting his beef burgers. I had heard tales and whispers of it, but had not tasted it until I came back this year. In his burgers, juicy home made beef patties stuffed with Cheddar cheese are topped with caramelised onions and a deliciously savoury blue cheese sauce. Has that convinced you yet? Check out the recipe below.
- 1 kg minced beef (we mince beef ourselves at home)
- 3 eggs
- One head of garlic, minced
- About 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- Salt and ground black pepper, for seasoning
- 150 g Cheddar cheese block, cut into 12 slices
- Oil, for frying
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 large red onions, sliced
- 250 mL cream
- 1 tablespoon blue cheese
- 100 g Cheddar cheese, sliced
- Salt and sugar, for seasoning
- Burger buns
- Mayonnaise and other condiments (optional)
- Place the minced beef in a large bowl. Add the eggs and garlic and mix well.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the mixture. Season well with salt and black pepper and mix well again.
- Divide the minced beef mixture into 24 equal balls.
- Gently flatten one ball into a patty of about 4-5 inches in diameter. Place a slice of cheese in the middle of the patty. Flatten another beef ball and place over the first patty with the cheese sandwiched in between. Place the patty on a tray and repeat with the other beef balls.
- Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a heavy-bottomed grill pan. Gently fry the burger patties to your liking.
- Meanwhile, make the caramelised onions and blue cheese sauce.
- Heat up the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over low heat.
- Add the sliced red onions and stir. Add the butter, and cook gently until onions are softened, translucent and fragrant.
- Heat up the cream in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add in the cheeses and seasonings, stirring well all the time.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking
- Place a sliced burger bun on a plate. You may toast or pan fry it beforehand, if you wish.
- Add lettuce, beef patty, caramelised onions and a drizzle of blue cheese sauce. You may add other condiments if you wish, but I don't think its necessary.
- I know the seasonings are a bit vague, but it really is up to you. I like my my burgers well seasoned, and rather peppery.
- If you would like a stronger sauce, add more blue cheese. If not, you may also reduce it. Adjust the sauce to your liking.
Don’t be scared of how long the recipe looks. Its just because there are different parts to it. But everything is fairly simple, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. And the results are worth it – a beautifully juicy beef burger that doesn’t have to dress itself up with a million condiments just to taste nicer. This is a beef burger, and its not ashamed of it. Sure, the cheese sauce may be a bit overpowering to some, but my whole family loves cheese. Use it sparingly, because you don’t want to overwhelm the beef burger.
I mean, its not like this is our first home made burger. Or even the first cheese stuffed one (always a good thing by the way). You can read about our previous dabblings with a chicken burger and beef burger. Not surprisingly, both involve cheese. But in both those recipes, what was always wrong (besides the terrible photos) was the seasonings. The meat. Basically, we just wanted to make burgers and we didn’t really care how we made it… although obviously we wanted them to taste nice. You can’t have this, not really. In cooking, as in life as well as in physics, action = reaction. Or more commonly known as, you reap what you sow. What you put in is what you get out. Sure, there may be the odd recipe that claims to be an easy way to impress your guests, but most of the time… if you want something to look good, to taste good, you have to work at it. You can’t be scared of trying it over and over, to get the perfect ratio between two different cheeses. You can’t just think… oh that looks too hard, I think I’ll just buy my beef burger.
Sure, it may taste okay. Maybe even good. But the thrill you get from hearing people exclaim how delicious your burger is. Even, the thrill of eating the perfect beef burger yourself and knowing that you made it. That can’t be compared. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is your life lesson from Ihsan today. Till next time. Eat well.