I do not personally believe there is anyone who can resist the sight of a properly-cooked, juicy burger. It is the most recognised and perfect for friends-gathering food.
Still, many often believe that a burger cannot be the healthiest of foods. That can be true, unless you prepare it yourself. Put the low-fat diet myth aside, choose the best ingredients, freshly baked burger buns and invite your friends over for a perfect Saturday night feast.
For the burgers
- 500 gr ground round or ground sirloin
- 1 tablespoon chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon worcester sauce
- 1 free-range egg yolk (separate it from the egg white)
- 1 tablespoon spicy mustard, like Dijon
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- a touch of salt & pepper
For the sweet & sour sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons worcester sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- freshly baked burger buns
- lettuce leaves
- slices of cheddar cheese (or any cheese you like)
- mayonnaise, optional
- slices of bacon, optional
- fried free range egg, optional
- In a large bowl, put all ingredients and use your clean hands to mix them really well. If the mixture is too firm, add an extra tablespoon of olive oil and 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix until they combine fully with the rest of the mixture. NOTE: The fluffier and softer the mixture is, the juicer the burgers. Just do not overdo it or the burgers will fall apart during grilling.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and let the mixture rest in the fridge for approximately 1 hour. This lets the flavor of the ingredients blend with each other.
- Separate the mixture into 4-6 equal portions and use your hands to give each piece a round shape approximately 2cm thick. Use your finger to make a dimple in the middle of each burger, so that while cooking it won’t puff up in the middle.
- Put a grill pan over high heat until it becomes hot. Add burgers to the pan and turn down the heat to medium. Cook them to your liking 3- 4 minutes each side. Remember: the more you turn the burgers on the grill pan, the crispier they will become on the outside.
- To ensure your burgers are properly cooked, press them lightly with your finger. If clear juice is coming out then they are well cooked. If it is cloudy, you need to cook them a bit longer. If no juice is coming out, the burgers are over-cooked.
Serving suggestions & Tips
- Wash and dry a few lettuce leaves and thinly slice the tomatoes.
- Halve the burger buns and spread, if you fancy, a bit of mayo on the bottom half. Add a lettuce leaf, a slice of tomato and the burger on top of it all. On the top half of the bun, put a tablespoon of the sweet and sour sauce.
- If you want to give your burger an extra barbecued flavor, grill thin slices of bacon and add on top of your burger before serving.
- For a proper melted cheese burger, add the slice of cheddar cheese on top of your burger while still cooking on the grill pan (2-3 minutes before removing from the heat).
- For an extra “American” touch, fry an egg and add it on top of the burger.
- The best side-dish to go with your burger can be no other than delicious crispy potatoes.