The Perfect Burger

Method

You simply can’t beat a homemade burger, and we’ve added blue cheese and beer-battered onion rings to this recipe to really take it up a notch! These burgers can be made on the hob – you can even turn any leftover mixture into meatballs to enjoy with spaghetti.

  1. Mix the beef mince, garlic, onion, chopped parsley and Cajun spice with your hands in a large bowl. Add seasoning to taste. The mixture should start to bind together.
  2. Separate mixture into 4 even amounts and form into burger patties.
  3. Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat and place in the patties. Cook for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Cook for a further 2 minutes until cooked through and brown on the outside.
  5. While your burgers are cooking, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan on a medium heat. You can also use a deep fat fryer for this if you have one.
  6. Whisk the self-raising flour, lager and salt together in a bowl and dip each onion ring into the mixture until fully coated.
  7. Once the vegetable oil is hot, place each onion ring into the oil and take out onto some kitchen paper once golden and crispy. We’d recommend doing 3-4 at a time so as not to drop the oil temperature too much.
  8. Take the burgers off the heat. Crumble the blue cheese on top of each one and leave to melt. 
  9. Toast the brioche buns and build your burgers with lettuce leaves and beef tomato. Add in the onion rings alongside your favourite sauces as you like. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Cook time: 12-15 Minutes

Serves: 4

  • 500g beef mince

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp Cajun spice

  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped

  • Blue cheese, crumbled

  • 4 brioche buns

  • A handful of lettuce leaves

  • 1 beef tomato, sliced

  • Salt and pepper

  • For the onion rings:

  • 2 onions, sliced into rings

  • 100g self-raising flour

  • ½ pint lager

  • A pinch of salt

  • 500ml vegetable oil for cooking