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Monday, June 13, 2011

Now That’s What You Call a Hamburger!

Sin Ming Cookhouse / Bakery / Whatever

What makes a good burger?  That’s a question that is always a talking point between my friends and I.  For me at least; coming from the land down under I must always have a nice slice of beetroot and pineapple in mine; it’s non-negotiable, it’s a given.  The sweetness of the beetroot coupled with the caramelized taste of a seared pineapple.. heaven, there’s no other word!

Here’s the recipe for home made hamburger (including the patty recipe).  I do hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!

Hamburger Patty Ingredients

  • 200g lean mince (or your can mince your own)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of Panco breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of HP sauce
  • Pepper
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Bacon bits
  • 2 eggs
  • Herbs/spices to your taste


  1. Combine mince, salt, pepper, cheese, bacon bits and panco, ensure they are all incorporated well
  2. Add Worcestershire and HP sauces and herbs/spices, kneed mixture with hands
  3. Add beaten eggs and ensure you have a semi sticky consistency
  4. Grab a cupped handful of mixture and roll into a ball tightly packing mixture
  5. Place ball onto grease proof paper and flatten to 1/2 inch thick patty’s
  6. Cover and refrigerate
  7. When time to cook, heat a cast iron skillet / fry pan and lightly coat the surface with olive/grape seed oil until hot
  8. Add sliced onions (optional) and cook until caramelized
  9. Add sliced mushrooms and sear in butter and pepper
  10. Pan fry a strip of streaky bacon until crisp
  11. Add patty and cook 3-4 mins on each side
  12. Remove from skillet and allow to rest
  13. Add pineapple to skillet and cook until brown on each side
  14. In a pot of sugar water poach beetroot (optional if you are using uncanned beetroot)
  15. Remove and slice (optional if you are using uncanned beetroot)


  1. Halve hamburger bun, butter it then roast in oven/grill until warm
  2. Add the following order
    1. Lettuce
    2. Meat Patty
    3. Onions
    4. Mushrooms
    5. Cheese (at this point I pop the semi assembled burger under the griller to melt the cheese)
    6. Bacon
    7. Beetroot
    8. Tomato
    9. Pineapple

Sit back, pour yourself a tall glass of beer and enjoy eating your burger!  You can incorporate other ingredients into your burger such as avocado and pickles if you like, this recipe is just the bare minimum that I usually have in my burgers.

Bon Appétit – Sidney

P.S. Burgers should be eaten with your hands, eating a hamburger with a knife and fork is just not manners Smile

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