Big Brilliant Bangin’ Beef Burgers

This week i made my fifth visit to Honest Burgers in Soho, London. The burgers here are the best iv had in London – from a limited menu you have a choice of beef burger with or without cheese and should you fancy yourself some cheese there are options of stilton, mature cheddar and red leicester – all served on brioche with red onion chutney, pickled gherkin, lettuce. Those greedy little piglets out there can also opt for the Honest Burger which also has crispy bacon. The rest of the menu includes, chicken burger, veggie burger and a special (last week it was a Spanish themed one with manchego cheese, chorizo and salsa. I’m a big fan of the silton option which comes melted on a juicy, tasty burger (comes medium) inside a sweet brioche bun. In my opinion the stilton is the best partner for the tangy red onion relish. Admittedly my favourite munch at Honest Burger is the rosemary salt chips – what can i say – crispy, crunchy chips with a subtle hit of rosemary salt taste fantastic – simple but effective in setting Honest Burger meals apart from other burger joints.

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When Elix and I make burgers at home, our FAVOURITE recipe is Gwyneth Paltrow’s cheesy stuffed burgers (from the book – Notes from My Kitchen Table) so I thought I would share the recipe with you especially given that my dear friend Kirsty said this was her favourite meal i’ve ever cooked for her, so its not just me and Elix loving it! You can guess from the title that the burgers are stuffed with cheese – I prefer this way as the cheese is lovely and melted inside the burger and the burger absorbs the melted cheese adding the cheese flavour throughout the pattie leaving a moist, tasty cheesy burger. When we cook this at home we always eat with a juicy beef tomato, lettuce, ciabatta bun (or with a barmcake* if we want to go back to our northern roots!). Elix will usually make potato or sweet potato wedges which she bakes in the oven with some salt, paprika and oilve oil and our favourite……a corn on the cob! We usually wrap the cobs in foil with a knob of butter and some black pepper and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes – i once read not to salt the cobs as the salt will toughen the corn.

So here we go….

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 450g minced beef (Gwyneth also recommends turkey mince although I have never tried it – too healthy for us! Hahaha!)
  • salt and pepper sprinkles
  • 50g grated cheese – up to you which one, we usually use mature cheddar
  • burger buns

Gently fry the onion and rosemary in some olive oil until soft and sweet. Mix this with the beef mince and season with salt and pepper. When the mixture is combined, split into quarters and shape into patties. Place some cheese on top of two of the patties and then top with the other two patties. Pinch in the edges and mould to seal and make a burger shape. Grill or barbecue as you please (5 minutes on each side will have them medium) and when cooked serve with whatever salad and relish you like!

*barmcake or barm is a flat, soft bun found “up north” – elsewhere known as a roll, bap or breadbun. In manchester a chip barm is a common snack along with bacon/sausage/egg barm and obviously burgers are regularly served on barms. I defined it because my southern friends have no idea what im talking about whenever i say barmcakes!

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