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Best burger ever recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 1 hour, plus pickling
  • 753 calories / serving
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Go on and take a bite of this juicy burger. Stacked high with crunchy pickles, crispy bacon and creamy coleslaw and oozing with not one, but two melted cheeses and topped off with a generous dollop of ketchup, every mouthful tastes amazing. Now that’s what makes this the best burger ever.

  1. To make the pickled cucumber, put the sliced cucumber in a bowl. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp salt, toss to combine and leave for 15 mins. Rinse and squeeze out any excess water. Meanwhile, heat the vinegar, sugar and mustard seeds in a small pan for 2-3 mins, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and pour over the cucumber. Leave for at least 15 mins, or overnight, if possible. Store the pickle in a lidded container in the fridge until ready to use (it will keep for up to 1 week).
  2. To make the coleslaw, mix the cabbage, carrot and onion in a bowl. Stir through the mayonnaise, crème fraîche and chopped chives. Season to taste, then cover and set aside in the fridge while you make the burger.
  3. In a bowl, combine the onion, garlic, thyme and beef mince with the egg yolk, mustard, Parmesan and a little seasoning. Mix thoroughly, then form into 4 thick patties (just smaller than the diameter of the bun).
  4. Preheat the barbecue to medium-high and cook the bacon for 2 mins on each side, or until crisp and golden. Remove and set aside.
  5. Cook the burgers for 5 mins on one side, until golden. Turn them over, put the cheese on top and close the barbecue lid (or cover with a metal container if your barbecue doesn’t have a lid) to help the cheese melt. Cook for 5 mins, or until the burgers are cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, toast the cut sides of the brioche bun halves on the barbecue bars. Put the bottom bun halves on a board, top each with lettuce, tomato, a beef patty, a slice of bacon and a portion each of pickled cucumber and coleslaw. Spread the ketchup and mustard onto the top bun halves, then add to the top of the burger stack. Put a skewer through the top of the burger to hold it all together when serving.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 6 x thyme sprigs, leaves picked and chopped
  • 600g beef mince (minimum 15% fat)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1½ tsp English mustard, plus extra for spreading
  • 50g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 4 thin slices mature Cheddar
  • 4 brioche burger buns, cut in half
  • 6 iceberg lettuce leaves, chopped
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced into 8
  • 4 tsp tomato ketchup
  • For the pickled cucumber

  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • For the coleslaw

  • ¼ white cabbage, sliced
  • ½ carrot, grated
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche
  • few chives, chopped
  • Energy 3140kj 753kcal 38%
  • Fat 43g 61%
  • Saturates 20g 99%
  • Sugars 13g 14%
  • Salt 2.9g 48%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 39.2g Protein 52g Fibre 5.5g

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