8 combinations for creating the perfect burger – from the bun, condiments to the juicy fillings. You’ll be surely returning for seconds!
Bacon, well that’s a given. Lettuce – unnecessary? Cheese – of course, but what sort? We give you the bmag be-all and end-all; eight combinations for the perfect burger.
1. The classic hamburger:
Beef mince patty, Kraft cheese, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, shortcut bacon, baby beetroot, fried egg, pickles, BBQ sauce and hamburger bun.
2. Mexican chicken & salsa burger
Chicken breast fillets, Cajun seasoning, avocado, coriander, lime juice, cherry tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos (optional) and wholemeal bun.
3. For the vegetarians
Vegetable patty, baby spinach, sprouts, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, sweet chilli sauce and wheat bun.
4. Greek lamb burger
Lamb patty, red onion, feta cheese, black olives, oregano, coriander, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, Tzatziki, and pita bread or seeded bread roll.
5. The Aussie kangaroo
Kangaroo mince patty, iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, fresh dill, dijonnaise, brown onion, gherkins, and multigrain bun.
6. The fishmonger burger
Snapper fillets, carrot, cucumber, green oak lettuce, lemon pepper seasoning, tartare sauce, natural yoghurt (optional) and wholemeal bun.
7. Mushroom wonder
Sautéed mushrooms, provolone cheese, beef, shortcut bacon, caramelised onions or sauerkraut (optional) sour cream and wholemeal bun.
8. The pizza burger
Beef mince patty, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion, mushrooms (optional), basil, olives and Italian seasoning.
The patty meat – For a juicy burger, source patty mince or meat will less than 18% fat content. Ask the butcher to grind the meat freshly for you if possible!
Making the patty – Don’t overwork the meat. Toss the mince lightly with the seasonings, spreading apart the meat until loosely mixed.
Cooking – Use a grill on a high heat. If it’s a gas grill, leave the lid down while cooking and only flip the patties 2-3 times.
Cooking times per side:
- 2 minutes for rare
- 3 for medium rare
- 4 for medium
- 5 for well-done
Here’s what our bmag readers put in their perfect burgers:
Jacquelyn Brown – Lamb patty infused with mint, haloumi cheese, tomato, lettuce, beetroot relish, and Spanish onion on a crusty roll.
Beenish Mumtaz – Chicken patty, cucumber, pickle, cheese slices, onion, mayo, avocado, lettuce and mustard sauce.
Elle Morgan – Grilled chicken, brie cheese, cranberry sauce, avocado, baby spinach, tat-soi and herb mayo on a multi-grain bun.