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Cheeseburger – double or single


I do know you know the way to make a cheeseburger…. however because it seems, I’ve some suggestions you would possibly discover helpful! From the most effective beef to the most effective bun to the most effective cheese, at present’s burger recipe additionally comes together with your selection of two selfmade burger sauces – a tomato one or my fast creamy Particular Burger Sauce.

The one query actually is – single or double cheeseburger??

Stack of double and single cheeseburgers

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Cheeseburger recipe

Anyone who claims the sight of an enormous juicy cheeseburger doesn’t get their blood pumping is both product of stone or a vegetarian.

And anyone studying that is neither of these issues, proper?? 😂 We’re individuals who maintain burgers like we’re clutching onto expensive life, like this! ⬇⬇⬇

Hand holding double cheeseburger
It’s all MINE!

And we’re individuals who go gah gah over sights like this (although under no circumstances does the next signify actuality as a result of who cuts burgers with a knife??):

Cut face of Double Cheeseburger with Special Burger Sauce
Double cheeseburger with Particular Burger Sauce

Footage executed. Onto enterprise – how one can make them!


What you want for an ideal cheeseburger

Right here is (in my humble opinion) what you could make an ideal cheeseburger:

1. The meat – don’t get (too) snobby

Beef mince / ground beef for burger patties

My easy view: The higher the meat, the higher the flavour, however I’d by no means flip my nostril up at a burger made with on a regular basis grocery store beef.

For firm: 50/50 brisket and chuck with 20% fats, floor to order by the butcher. Brisket brings actually good beefy flavour, and chuck for texture.

On a regular basis: Normal beef mince from the grocery retailer which could be a combination of any lower of beef however normally predominantly chuck. Fattier = juicy and extra flavourful. Lean = high quality however not as juicy. You choose. (guess which aspect I’m erring in direction of!😂)

Single vs double cheeseburger: The choice is completely as much as you. I exploit 150g / 5 oz per patty for a 10cm / 4″ broad bun, so simply double up if you would like a double. Sure, a double is large and mighty and indulgent…. nevertheless it’s such deal with!

Single vs double cheeseburger

2. The cheese – processed authenticity

For the traditional cheeseburger skilled, we go processed all the way in which. Lately in Australia, there’s even cheese helpfully labelled “Burger Slices” so we are able to’t get it flawed!

Best cheese for cheeseburgers

However don’t let my loyalty to processed cheese cease you from utilizing any melting cheese you need. Swiss, cheddar, tasty, colby, gruyere – and even fancier, in case you so need / your pockets stretches that far!

3. The bun – mushy and white

Comfortable white buns, ideally with sesame seeds, are (in my humble opinion) the one solution to go. Comfortable is important so it turns into one with all the things jammed inside. There’s a time and place for crusty artisan breads, however now just isn’t it!

Soft white burger buns for cheeseburgers

There may be additionally a time for wholemeal breads, seeded breads and olive studded breads – however once more, now just isn’t the time! 😂 (I jest, ignore me, use no matter bread you need.)

As for dimension….

I all the time search out burger buns round 10cm / 4″ in diameter. Why? As a result of I like my patties to cowl the bun from edge to edge, and it turns into slightly extra logistically difficult to make patties bigger than 10cm once you think about a 25% shrinkage as they cook dinner.

Nothing is extra irritating than taking an enormous chew of a burger solely to finish up with a mouthful of bread and no beef!

So my rule of thumb is 10cm / 4″ of so. It’s a secure dimension, and likewise a sensible dimension in that it’s a filling meal for one particular person, even somebody with a hearty urge for food comparable to myself.

4. The inexperienced stuff and pickled stuff

Lettuce tomato gherkins and onion for Cheeseburgers
  • Lettuce – Cos/romaine and shredded iceberg lettuce are about as traditional as you will get with burgers. If you wish to get connoisseur with child greens, rocket/arugula, spinach and even kale, go proper forward (I promise I’m not judging you!).

  • Onion – Uncooked pink onion rings are my onion of selection. I just like the chew of freshness they carry to all of the beefiness and juiciness. For many who discover them too harsh, options are to cube them then scatter only a bit in your burger, or cook dinner atypical (not pink) onions as a substitute.

  • Tomato – As with the onion, tomato brings a contact of welcome freshness to this stack of goodness.

  • Pickles (BIG!) – Go for large gherkins reasonably than small ones, else you’ll find yourself with a burger scattered with dozens of tiny little gherkin rounds!

5. The sauce

And final however not least – the sauces. You may go along with the usual ketchup and/or mustard. However at present, I’m additionally sharing 2 selfmade burger sauces:

  1. Particular Burger Sauce – an orangey/pinky mayonnaise primarily based sauce, a blatant copycat of a preferred burger sauce offered at grocery shops; and

  2. Tomato Burger Sauce – primarily a fast tomato chutney. However is has a extra savoury flavour which I believe fits burgers higher than conventional chutney which is historically fairly candy and flavoured with issues like ginger, chilli and cardamom.

OK! The components executed, let’s transfer onto the cook dinner half!


Learn how to make (nice!) cheeseburgers

In case your BBQ isn’t an choice, crank up your vary hood and cook dinner indoors in a heavy forged iron skillet. Give your non-stick pan the evening off – it doesn’t cope effectively with excessive warmth cooking!

1. The cheeseburger patty

How to make great Cheeseburgers
  1. Kind patties – Separate the meat into 4 mounds, or 8 if making double cheeseburgers. Gently roll right into a ball (not firmly, we wish tender patties not rock arduous ones!) then press down right into a patty that’s barely bigger than the burger bun, to think about cooking shrinkage.

    As famous above, I like utilizing buns which might be most 10 cm / 4″ broad so the patty dimension is manageable. In case your buns are a lot bigger, I’d suggest utilizing extra beef else you’ll find yourself with wafer skinny patties, or patties which might be approach smaller than your buns!

  2. Tip #1 – Dent your patty for dome prevention and shrinkage discount. Use your fingers or the again of your hand to press a dent into the centre of the patty. This prevents the patty from doming because it cooks which implies you received’t must press down arduous with a spatula to maintain it flat which makes the burgers arduous and squeezes juice out! Primarily, the dent anticipates the dome so you find yourself with a flat burger patty as soon as cooked.

    It additionally reduces shrinkage. Neat trick I picked up from Bobby Flay a few years in the past!

  3. The dent – Right here’s what it seems to be like. It doesn’t should be even for deep, only a slight inwards curve of any form and dimension is ok.

  4. Tip #2 – Salt JUST earlier than cooking. My 2nd key tip is to solely salt the patty simply earlier than cooking. In case you salt your patty forward of time and go away it sitting round, the cooked patty finally ends up a lot firmer. Go forward and provides it a go, if you could see it for your self! 🙂 I salt mine whereas the skillet is pre-heating.

2. Cooking the patties

How to make great Cheeseburgers
  1. Forged iron skillet – Preheat oil in a heavy primarily based cast-iron skillet over excessive warmth till it is vitally, highly regarded. Why a cast-iron skillet? As a result of it’s made for prime warmth quick cooking so we are able to get an ideal caramelised darkish brown crust with out overcooking the within. This burger patty cooks in 3 minutes flat!

    Don’t have a cast-iron skillet? You should use a non-stick frying pan however simply warmth the oil till scorching, not smoking. Don’t cook dinner it as aggressively as I do within the recipe video under (ie very highly regarded skillet) else you’ll harm the non stick coating. You most likely received’t get fairly the identical color on the crust however keep away from the temptation to cook dinner for longer as you’ll find yourself with overcooked insides.

  2. 3 minute cook dinner – Place 2 or 4 patties within the skillet (relying on skillet dimension) and cook dinner the primary aspect for 1 1/2 minutes, urgent down LIGHTLY with a spatula. Word the emphasis on “frivolously”! No one likes dense, arduous patties the place all of the juice has been squeezed out in the course of the cooking part!

  3. Flip & cheese – Flip the burgers then instantly prime with cheese and cook dinner for one more 1 1/2 minutes.

  4. Melted! And take a look at that. Completely cooked patty and melted cheese draped over it. Sheer perfection!

Cheeseburger patty with melted cheese

3. Assembling cheeseburgers

How I make cheeseburgers

That is the order wherein I wish to construct burgers as a result of I believe it’s probably the most steady. Anyone who’s bitten into an enormous burger solely to have a slice of tomato squirt out the again finish is aware of precisely what I’m speaking about!

  1. Toast the buns beneath the grill/broiler for a couple of minutes till mild golden. I solely do the lower face as a result of I wish to maintain the floor mushy. Utilizing your BBQ? Simply pop them face down straight onto the grill.

  2. Smear with sauce of selection. Within the photograph above I’m utilizing my selfmade tomato chutney burger sauce and within the video you’ll additionally see me utilizing my creamy pink Particular Burger Sauce. Don’t make me select – generally I exploit each. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  3. Lettuce > tomato > patty – I put lettuce first as a result of it type of “sticks” to the sauce adopted by tomato then the patty (or patties!).

  4. Gherkins > onion – Subsequent, gherkins scattered throughout the cheese (they type of stick which is good) then onion.

  5. Sauce on lid – Then I normally smear the sauce on the lid although if I’m feeling additional saucy I’ll spoon the sauce straight onto the burger stack as a substitute or (gasp shock horror!) in addition to. 😇

  6. Jam the lid on prime then devour!

Freshly made Double Cheeseburger ready to be eaten

Cheeseburger Disclaimer

I do know this cheeseburger recipe comprises daring statements concerning what I believe makes an ideal cheeseburger. Nevertheless, I’ve all the time been a agency believer that it is best to by no means let anybody let you know what it is best to or shouldn’t put in your burger.

And that features me. 😂 So actually, make yours how you want. Ignore all my suggestions, do what you need. And share your Nice Burger Suggestions within the feedback under! – Nagi x

PS If crispy fries is in your MUST HAVE checklist with burgers, I entire heartedly agree. And my lengthy awaited fries recipe is coming subsequent week! I promise you’ll love them. They’re a sport changer. 😇


Watch how one can make it

PS I filmed this throughout a time when there have been contemporary produces provide points so I needed to resort to butter lettuce. I survived.

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Stack of cheeseburgers

Cheeseburgers (double or single)

Servings4

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. This cheeseburger recipe assumes your bun is 10cm/4″ broad. If it is bigger, it’s possible you’ll wish to scale up the meat so you do not find yourself with wafer skinny patties or a burger patty that is a lot smaller than your bun. No one likes biting into bread with no beef!!Slather with sauce of selection although for a extremely nice burger expertise, strive my Particular Burger Sauce (fast, no cook dinner) or my Tomato Chutney for Burgers.

Substances

Mighty Double Cheeseburgers:

Every thing else you want:

Directions

  • Patties: Separate the meat into 4 equal parts, or 8 if making double cheeseburgers (do it!). Gently roll balls then press down into spherical patties which might be barely bigger than your bun (12 cm / 4.7″ broad, 1 cm / 0.4″ thick for a 10cm / 4″ bun).

  • Put together: Get all of your burger bits and items out and able to use. Do not salt your beef till simply earlier than cooking (makes them arduous).

  • Toast buns: Preheat the grill to excessive. Place the bread lower face up on a tray and toast for 3 to five minutes till mild golden. Put aside.

  • Dent patty: Sprinkle patties with half the salt and pepper. Flip, then press a dent into the center of every patty. This prevents them from doming up when cooking and reduces shrinkage (thanks Bobby Flay!). Sprinkle the dented aspect with the remaining salt and pepper.

  • Prepare dinner: Preheat 1 tablespoon oil in a big forged iron skillet over excessive warmth till highly regarded – smoking! (Word 6) Add 2 to 4 patties (no matter matches) then cook dinner for 1 1/2 minutes. Flip then instantly prime with a slice of cheese. Prepare dinner for one more 1 1/2 minutes (cheese will soften!) then switch to a tray to relaxation for 3 minutes.

  • Assemble: Slather the bottom of the bun together with your sauce of selection. My order of meeting: lettuce, tomato, burger (x 2 for double!), gherkins, onion, sauce on bun lid, jam it on prime of the stack. DEVOUR.

  • {Fries coming subsequent week. Be ready to swoon, they’re epic!}

Recipe Notes:

Batch cooking: In case you are making an enormous batch, maintain buns and cooked patties heat in a 50°C/122°F oven whilst you proceed cooking.
1. Beef high quality:

  • My favorite mix for flavour and juiciness – 50/50 brisket and chuck, floor to order from the butcher, with 20% fats.
  • Grocery store mince – No one in my circles turns their nostril up at burgers made with grocery store beef mince. The trick is to observe my particular path to salt it simply earlier than cooking because the patty is way extra tender as soon as cooked. And in addition, lean = much less flavour and fewer juicy (fats is the place beef flavour is).

2. Burger buns – See intro for commentary. Brioche buns are premium, else any mushy white buns that aren’t too gigantic (why-oh-why are Aussie hamburger buns so BIG?? So arduous to cook dinner hamburger patties that dimension!). Doesn’t must be referred to as hamburger buns, you possibly can simply get mushy white rolls (greatest to skip crusty/seedy/wholemeal/fancy stuff).
3. Cheese – for a real cheeseburger expertise, go for the processed cheese! Bought in Australian grocery shops helpfully labelled “burger cheese”, see in submit for photograph.
4. Onion – In case you’re not a fan of uncooked onion (I personally like the way it breaks up the richness of the burger), you possibly can both cube then scatter over the sauce on the bottom of the bun (like McDonald’s does) or cook dinner it in slightly oil with a pinch of salt and pepper (I’d use brown/yellow onions as a substitute).
5. Gherkins – massive is simply extra sensible so that you solely want a number of slices to cowl the burger. In case you solely have the small ones readily available, slice them vertically reasonably than rounds
6. Pan – In case you’ve solely bought a non stick pan, that’s high quality however simply don’t cook dinner your burger as aggressively as I do in a smoking scorching skillet else you’ll destroy your non stick coating. You received’t get fairly the identical charring however it would nonetheless be scrumptious!

Lifetime of Dozer

Pricey Dozer followers – don’t miss Dozer’s cameo in at present’s recipe video. Don’t fear in regards to the recipe, simply skip straight to X minutes X seconds to see Dozer.😂

And right here he’s, trying mighty unimpressed on the unhappy McDonald’s Massive Mac I bought for inspection functions – to match the pink burger sauce to my recipe. (Spoiler: no comparability!!!)



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