Insanity Burger

Savoury Comfort Food - A Jamie Oliver Recipe

D: We don’t often make Hamburgers, since being in a condo we’re short a grill, but we figured we’d try this recipe out as it did sound good. It’s a simple burger recipe (as there’s not a lot you can do with a burger, assuming you don’t jam the kitchen sink into the patties) but it’s different. [S: I’ve got nothing to add this week. It was a simple recipe that we both enjoyed a lot.]

[Serves 4]


  • 1 3/4lb ground chuck
  • olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 splash of white wine vinegar
  • 2 large gherkins (dill pickles)
  • 4 sesame topped buns (we made our own)
  • 4-8 slices bacon
  • 4 tsp yellow mustard
  • tabasco chipotle
  • 4 thin slices Red Leicester cheese (can be subbed with sharp cheddar)
  • 4 tsp tomato ketchup (yay French’s)
  • pinch of sea salt

Burger Sauce:

  • 1/4 head of iceburg lettuce
  • 2 heaping TBsp mayo
  • 1 heaping TBsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp tabasco chipotle
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • optional: 1 tsp brandy or bourbon

The Step-by-Step

  • Divide the beef into 4, roll into a ball and press into patties, ~ 5 inches wide (I went a little wider and thinner to help keep them a little flatter when they shrink)
  • place on an oiled plate (or use parchment between the burgers) and refrigerate
  • finely slice the red onion, dress in a bowl with vinegar and a pinch of salt
  • slice the gherkins - halve the buns
  • finely chop the lettuce and mix with burger sauce ingredients in a bowl, season with salt & pepper to taste
  • heat 2 frying pans on the oven (one having a lid, or a plate to cover) – for the burgers and the bacon (we baked our bacon), one on high heat for the burgers, medium for the bacon
  • put 2 burgers into the pan, pressing with a spatula
  • after 1 minute, flip the burgers and brush with mustard and tabasco
  • after 1 minute, repeat
  • cook for 1 more minute, add bacon, and a piece of cheese
  • add a splash of water to the pan and cover with a lid, or place a bowl over the burgers, leave for 30 seconds
  • toast buns in bacon fat
  • repeat with remaining 2 burgers

To assemble:

  • add 1/4 of the burger sauce to the bottom of a bun
  • top with burger, a quarter of the onions, and pickles
  • spread ketchup on the top bun and press together

The brushing of mustard and tabasco on the burgers as they cook adds a lot of flavour. I’m not sure I’d cook burgers any other way now; not necessarily specifically mustard and tabasco, but I’m going to baste my pan-fried burgers from here on out, they turn out awesome.