I’ve never made it to the Meatwagon, and I’m highly unlikely to make it to the Meateasy either – so inspired by this blog post, I thought I’d have a crack at making my own gourmet burger. And you can too.
- 500g best quality minced beef
- salt & pepper
- 4 good quality buns – I used Sainsbury’s Pain Rustique rolls.
- 2 large green chillis
- Heinz tomato ketchup
- French’s mild American mustard
- cheese – I used Gruyère
- shredded lettuce
- some dill pickles – preferably home-made.
- chips, if you like
Finely chop the deseeded green chillis, and fry in butter. Set aside.
To make the burgers, simply combine the minced beef with salt and freshly ground pepper. Shape into patties. Fry on the hot, flat frying pan you cooked the chillis on. Try to ensure there’s some pinkness left inside. Melt the cheese on the burger as it cooks.
Split the buns and lightly toast on a hot griddle. Butter the halves with ketchup and mustard, add the burger, the cooked green chillis, lettuce and dill pickle.
This was better than BK. It was better than GBK. It was better than my Buzz Burger. I have no idea if it was better than Meateasy, but it was the best beef burger I have ever had, bar none. It’s a revelation that a burger made with 100% beef can taste so good – all down to the alchemy of the ketchup, American mustard and those fried chillis.
(C doesn’t eat meat, so I made her these veggie burgers instead).