The “Burger with the Lot” is a bit of a standard for when the boys are home alone. Normally, we have dinner at the table with the whole family as often as possible. However, when mum is on a business trip it became a sort of a tradition to have a hamburger in front of the telly. But of course, not any burger will do, no it has to be a ” Burger with the Lot.”
Making a burger is not complicated, but there are some little tricks to make a juicy scrumptious version. In this recipe, I will teach you some basics to make your burger a mouthwatering one.
Who connected us?! Hamburger recipes are available 13 in a dozen. This is our version and you can add whatever ingredients you like.
Makes: 4 burgers | Preperations: 30 min | Total time: 45 min
- 4 Burgers of your choice
- 4 Rashes of bacon
- 4 Hamburger buns
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Red onion
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Cup of iceberg lettuce, finely sliced
- 100g of cheese slices
- 4 Sweet & Sour gherkins
- Tomato ketchup
- Salt & Pepper to taste
I like to have all the ingredients ready before I start cooking just so I can concentrate on chopping technics not distracted by having to watch the burgers while they are cooking.
Finely slice the onion. Put a frying pan on the stove with some olive oil and once hot add the onion. Stir and turn the heat down as low as possible. Let the onions simmer while stirring occasionally until the onions are very soft and brown. This slow caramelization process can take up to 30 minutes, but it will give you the best result, soft sweet onion for your burger. When the onions are slowly cooking, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients.
While the onions are slowly caramelizing, finely slice the Iceberg Lettuce, Tomato, and the Gherkins.
When you are planning to cook your burgers on the barbeque, this is also a good time to start the fire.
Once your ingredients are all ready you can start cooking the bacon and the burgers. I like mine on the barbeque to give them a bit of a smoky flavor, but frying them is another option. PLEASE! do not cook them on high heat, you do not want to turn the burger into a block of charcoal that is still raw on the inside. When you cook them on the barbeque, take your time. If you have a lit on the barbeque, close it. If you take your time, your burger cooks perfectly and will stay juicy. You turn your burger maybe 2 or 3 times and when juices start to come on top of the burger your burger is almost done. Put the cheese on top and cook for 2 more minutes or until the cheese has melted. When juices start to show on top of your burger it means the inside of the burger is cooking which is a sign that the meat is almost done, after that the burgers need about 2-3 minutes to be done.
Once your burgers & bacon are ready, you can put them aside, and fry the eggs to your liking.
Time to call the kids and ask them what they like on their burger. Cut the buns in half, start with some lettuce, and a few slices of tomato. Then the burger, mayo or ketchup, the crispy bacon, the sliced gherkins, the caramelized onions, and the fried egg.
To hold it all together you can use a sate skewer.
Beetroot: Yep the Australian classic and definitely one of the optional ingredients you can add.
Fries: What’s a burger without fries. Shoestring, Straight Cut, Beer Battered you name it!
Spice it up: Ever tried jalapeno peppers on your burger?