This week we’re featuring tried-and-true, best-ever recipes, and who else should know how to make the best cheeseburger there is, but superstar chef Ferran Adria?
To make it even easier, you could use good-quality ready-made burger patties. If making your own, look for good quality beef chuck with about 10% fat. You can add any other toppings you like, such as onion, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise. To make a caramelised onion topping, thinly slice some onions and cook very gently with a little oil for about 1 hour, until soft and golden.
Serves: 2 (simply multiply the quantities to make the servings you need)
White bread (crusts removed): 7g
Whole milk: 1 1/2 tsp
Minced beef: 250g
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Freshly ground white pepper: 1 pinch
Burger buns: 2
Oilve oil: 2 tbsp
Cheddar cheese slices: 2
Potato crisps: 50g
To make the burgers, tear the bread into pieces and soak in the milk for 5 minutes.
Combine the meat, eggs, soaked bread, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir together with your hands until you have an even mixture.
Shape into burgers weighing about 135g each – one per person.
Cook the burgers with the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, or under a hot grill, turning once during cooking.
Cook for 3 minutes for rare, 5 minutes for medium and 8 minutes for well done.
Cut the buns in half and toast them lightly in a dry pan or under the grill.
Top each burger with a slice of cheese.
Using a spatula, lift each burger onto a bun. Sandwich with the top half of the bun.
Add your choice of toppings. Serve the burgers with potato crisps on the side.
From The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià, published by Phaidon. RRP $39.95.
What are you cooking tonight?
Also try: Ferran Adria’s mussels with paprika