I have a love-hate relationship with burgers. We used to be pals. One cheeseburger meant a spanking new toy to play with. Then at some point while growing up, I swore off all kinds of fast food because it weighed me down and we drifted apart with the (very) occasional ‘ketchup’ session. But in recent years, gourmet burgers found their way onto my plate, some interestingly slathered with peanut butter, others with the juiciest patty yet.
Watching Gordon Ramsay swiftly whipping up some simple sliders on his cooking show gave us the nudge to follow suit. So with basic ingredients in one hand and beginner skills in another, we dived right in and were pretty pleased with how these homemade burgers turned out, or at least tasted.
Step 1: Prepare the patties
- Place the minced beef in a bowl. You’ll probably want to add in more ingredients, depending on your personal preferences. To add a bit more flavour and texture to the beef patties, we threw in some bacon bits, chopped onions, one egg yolk and a few dashes of black pepper before giving it a good mix with a spoon.
- Then, pick up a handful of the mixture and carefully shape them into equal sized balls. A good estimate would be that of a golf ball. Gently press the top with the palm of your hand to flatten them into sizeable patties and line them up on the pan.
P.S. Try not to have your burger patties too thick because that makes it difficult to cook through.
Step 2: Cooking the patties
- Add some butter or cooking oil to the frying pan and be sure to use low heat.The patties are gonna take some time on the pan so this would be a good time to prep up your other ingredients. Remember to flip them though!
Step 3: Add cheese
- Once the beef patties are almost cooked through, slab on some cheese and watch it melt into wonderland.
We found some intriguing black pepper cheese in the supermarket. Unfortunately the taste of black pepper was too mild to wow.
Step 4: Sauté those mushrooms
- Gather those sliced white mushrooms into the frying pan, which has been warmed up with some butter, then keep stirring till they brown beautifully. Add in a spritz of black pepper for added flavour.
Step 6: Layer, layer layer
- Once your toppings are all cooked and ready, it’s time to build your burger.
However you like it.
For us the order went a little like this:
Bun > Patty > Cheese > Mushrooms > Onions > Arugula > Bun
In a perfect world, the patties would have been proportional to the burger buns. But we think our hour-glass shaped (sorta) burger deserved high-fives, fist-bumps and …. a starchy friend.
So, we tried to fry up some fries on a whim. They didn’t turn out great. We’ll save them for a more serious attempt in the future.