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

Eggs: 1/2

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.

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Also try: Ferran Adria’s mussels with paprika