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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bistro Burger

A good, home made burger can be a thing of beauty!  There is definitely a place for it on a Bistro restaurant menu as well as being a great meal at home.  I like to garnish a burger with goat cheese, smoked bacon and caramelised onions that have just a hint of balsamic, but the choices are endless.

Whatever you do start by buying quality ingredients and keep walking past the frozen cabinet in the supermarket.

Here's how I make mine.  500g good quality beef / steak mince, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, smoked paprika and dried thyme.

Very roughly chop the onion and put it in a food processor with the peeled garlic and blitz.  Put the mince in a bowl and add the minced onion and garlic to it.  Add a good couple of teaspoons of paprika and the same of thyme and get your hands in and mix the whole lot.  I do not add any salt to the mix as this will only force the moisture out.  Season the burgers when you cook them.

The mix should make 4 burgers of about 150g each.  Either shape them in your hands or using a mould.  They can be round, square or oblong - up to you!

Cook the burgers in a skillet pan, turning so that you get a criss - cross pattern from the skillet.  I like to toast the buns in the same skillet and then add the garnish of your choice.  Serve with home made chips or potato wedges and a fresh salad.............