09 December, 2010

The hamburger.

I  have a thing for hamburgers....good old fashioned hamburgers. I could live on hamburgers alone for the rest of my life.

And after spending the last few days, salivating over the food in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network {so happy we finally have that channel now}...I decided that the next recipe I will try for my own little Cookbook Challenge, will be a hamburger.

We usually make our own hamburgers anyway...but I wanted to try a proper recipe. So I whipped out one of my all time favourite cookbooks...Jamie's America...I mean how perfect for me? And followed his recipe for Burgers & Sliders.
For the burger mix: olive oil; 2 medium red onions, peeled and finely chopped; 4 slices of bread, crusts removed; 500g good-quality lean minced beef; 1 teaspoon sea salt; 1 heaped teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; 1 large egg, beaten; handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
For the spicy mayo: 4 teaspoons mayonnaise; 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup; a good pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper; juice of ½ a lemon.
To serve: 12 rashers of smoked streaky bacon; 6 large or 18 small burger buns; 1 soft round lettuce, leaves washed and spun dry; 4 tomatoes, sliced; 6 gherkins, sliced; a few pickled chillies.

 Fry the chopped onions in olive oil for 10 minutes or until the onions have softened, then put to one side to cool completely. Blitz the bread in a food processor until you get a fine consistency. Oil a clean baking tray and put aside. Put the cooled onions into a large bowl with the rest of the burger ingredients. Use clean hands to scrunch the mixture together really well, then divide into 6 equal balls for burgers and 18 equal balls for sliders. Wet your hands and roll the balls into burger-shaped patties about 2cm thick. This is a good time to make your spicy mayo, so put all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well and put to one side.
If using a frying pan or griddle pan, put it on a high heat now and let it get really hot. However you decide to cook your burgers, they’ll want around 3 or 4 minutes per side. When your burgers or sliders are nearly cooked on one side, add the rashers of bacon – whichever way you’re cooking them – then flip the burgers and cook the bacon until golden and crisp. When the burgers are cooked to your liking, halve your burger buns and warm them through. 
When everything comes together pop your burgers or sliders on to their buns, add all your lovely toppings and your spicy mayo.
These are without a doubt some of the best burgers we have had...they are beyond delicious. You have to try them. And what I love about homemade burgers, is that we can choose the lean mince, we grill the patties...so its a lot healthier than the fast food kind...*trying to convince myself*

Oh how I love me a good hamburger...

Find some of my other Cookbook Challenge posts here.


V-n-J said...

we LOVE Guy Fieri! he has so much personality and just watching him cook is entertaining. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is one of my fave shows on Food Network. I could watch that channel all day long ... I wish one of them was my personal chef! I Love Jaime too ... those burgers look so yummy.

blackhuff said...

I myself also like a good hamburger. Very nice this one.

MomAgain@40 said...

Now all I can think of is hamburgers... Yum! :D
Guess what we are going to eat tonight?

Shayne said...

Yummy. There is nothing better than a homecooked burger. I use our griddle pan with no oil, and that is healthy isn't it??

You are definately inspiring me - in fact tonight i'm making the tomato pasta you did a couple of weeks ago.

Truchen said...

Oooh, this post is so yummy!!1

Sophia said...

Sure looks delicious...

Ness at Drovers Run said...

*salivating* definitely going to try that recipe - cheers!

Lynette Jacobs said...

Sounds and looks yummy. I will try your recipe...and I am sure it is healthy;-D You would make a good American.