Burgers, the way we like them

Burgers, the way we like them

By
From
Nathan Outlaw's Home Kitchen
Makes
4 burgers
Photographer
David Loftus

Burgers are a personal thing. Some people like towers that you can barely hold in your hands, others prefer smaller burgers. At home, we like something in between – generous but easy to deal with – and this how we make them.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for cooking
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
500g good-quality minced chuck steak (ask your butcher for this)
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
80g cheddar, sliced
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To assemble

Quantity Ingredient
4 burger buns, cut in half
Mayonnaise
2 ripe plum tomatoes, sliced
a bunch watercress, leaves picked
* tomato relish [rid:37739]
or tomato ketchup
2 large gherkins, sliced

Method

  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan. When it is hot, add the onion and cook for 5–6 minutes until softened and lightly browned. Leave to cool.
  2. Put the minced beef into a large bowl and scatter over the onion, breadcrumbs and seasoning. Mix together with your hands until evenly combined, but don’t overwork the mixture. Fry off a little piece of the mixture in an oiled pan and taste, then adjust the seasoning of the main mixture as necessary.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into balls then flatten to make patties. Place the burgers in the fridge to chill for an hour.
  4. If you’re cooking the burgers on a barbecue, light it around 30 minutes before you are planning to start cooking.
  5. When you’re ready to cook the burgers, heat a frying pan or griddle, or check your barbecue is hot. Place the burgers in the pan, or on the griddle or barbecue and cook, without moving, for 3–4 minutes to seal the burgers and get a good colouring underneath. Turn your burgers over and place the cheese slices on top. Cook for a further 4 minutes for rare, 5 minutes for medium-rare, 6–7 minutes for medium, or 8–9 minutes if you like them well done. Remove from the heat and allow the burgers to rest for a few minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, toast the buns until golden. Put a dollop of mayo on each bun base and add some tomato slices and watercress. Place a burger on top, then add some gherkin slices and spoon on some tomato relish or ketchup. Top off with the bun lids. The classic side, obviously, is chips!
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