Ultimate Cheeseburger

The only recipe you'll need for a delicious cheeseburger. You simply cannot go wrong with melted cheese, crispy bacon, homemade burger sauce and freshly baked Japanese milk buns. Recipe below...



INGREDIENTS:



Caramelised onions:

Serves 4 & enough for 1 tbsp to add to burger sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

Knob of butter

2 large red onions (sweeter) (chopped lengthways)

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Burger Sauce:

Serves 4-6

0.5 cups mayonnaise

0.5 cups ketchup

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp caramelised red onions (this is a must)

1 tbsp finely diced gherkin


Burger Patties:

Serves 4

400g beef mince (high fat percentage is better)

High heat oil for frying (I use peanut oil)

Salt

Smoked applewood cheese

Emmental cheese


Toppings:

Large tomatoes (sliced)

Lettuce

Streaky bacon (for extra crispy bacon, cook in the oven instead of frying)


Burger Buns:

https://www.samseatsonline.com/post/burger-buns

METHOD:

Caramelised Onions:

1. Add the olive oil and some butter into a pan over a medium heat. Once bubbling, add the onions and gently cook for 30 minutes until caramelised. After 30 minutes, add the sugar, vinegar and some salt to taste. Cook over a medium heat for another 10 minutes until fully caramelised and sticky.



Burger Sauce:

1. Mix together all ingredients and set aside for use later on.



Burgers:


1. Separate into balls of 100g each.


2. Add 1 tbsp of oil to a cast iron pan over a high heat. Add the burgers and press down with the back of a spatula until roughly 1/2 inch thick. Season the top with a generous pinch of salt. Fry for 2 minutes on the first side (or until crisp and brown). Flip, season with some more salt, then add a slice of cheese. I like to use a a different cheese (smoked applewood and Emmental) on each patty if having two patties. Cover with a lid until the cheese has melted. Serve just before eating so the cheese stays nice and melted.


TO SERVE:


Toast your burger buns and spread a generous amount of the burger sauce on each side. Start by placing a lettuce leaf on the bottom, then a slice of tomato (remember to season your tomatoes with salt), a burger patty, 2 slices streaky bacon, some caramelised onions, another burger patty, more bacon, more onions and the top of the burger. Enjoy!