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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Beef Burger

Few years back no one ever gave a second thought to burgers. I feel people were not so fussy about the filling and stuffing that goes into the mighty sandwich. In my school days there were very few burger outlets namely Burger King and Hardees. And today we have an unlimited outlets for burgers and huge varieties to be found on the menu card. 

There is nothing more comforting than a burger which is home made. Saving on your bills is an added advantage as well as the freshness of ingredients and the level of hygiene. Usually whenever I eat in a restaurant, I like to give it a try cooking it at home by merely guessing the ingredients and its recipe. And not to forget the ocean of recipes which you can now find online. This is how I ended up making this one which is a copycat recipe of a burger which I had at Fuddruckers. 

I have tried to keep the burger patty as simple as possible as you don't need to season it too much. This is what I noticed in a reality show called Master Chef; the burgers were prepared with the seasoning being only one ingredient : Salt. And this is what I found similar in Fudds burger patty that it only had salt as a seasoning.  

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 -15 minutes

Serves 4

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 cheese slices
  • 50 gms of pickled jalapeno peppers sliced
  • 1 big size white onion cut into thick slices
  • 1 big size ripe firm tomato
  • 4 to 5 romain lettuce leaves
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
For the burger patties:
  • 500 gms mince of your choice  (beef, veal or chicken)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
For the burger sauce: ( mixed together)
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp mustard sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce  


Step 1:
Mix all the ingredients of the burger in a large mixing bowl. Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts, and shape each of them into a burger patty with a slight dent in the center. The dent will prevent the burgers from shrinking. Place all the patties on a plate, cling wrap and keep in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Heat some oil in a grill pan and cook the burger patties, 5 minutes on each side or till done.

Step 2:
When the burgers are done, simply place a slice of cheese on each burger patty. In the same pan now fry the onion rings on high heat for few seconds along with salt, pepper powder and soya sauce. Remove while its still crispy and not soft and set aside.

Step 3:
Cut burger bun horizontally into two halves. Take the base of the burger bun and spread a tsp of burger sauce. Place the lettuce leaves, slices of tomatoes, pickled jalapenos according to your taste and then keep burger patties with melted cheese followed by the onion rings. Spread some burger sauce on the other half of the bun and place it on the burger. If you wish you can toast the whole burger on a pan or in the oven for a minute. Serve hot.

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