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Mozzarella Melt Beef Burger

BBQ season is well under way and there’s nothing better than a homemade beef burger, made with quality beef and fresh ingredients, it’s the only beef burger I’ll eat ! The inclusion of a slice of melting mozzarella adds to the ultimate burger experience, this is O.H’s favourite.

Makes: 4 generous or 6 medium sized burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 500g good quality minced beef
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano
  • 4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 mozzarella ball cut into 4 or 6 thin slices (depending on how many burgers you’re making)
  • Gently sauté the onions in the vegetable oil until soft and leave to cool.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients except for the mozzarella.
  • With clean hands, mix everything together and divide into 8 or 12.
  • Shape into patties and flatten.
  • Take 4 or 6 patty pieces and place a slice of mozzarella in the centre of each one.
  • Top each mozzarella slice with the remaining patties and seal together.
  • A burger press makes light work of this if you have one.
  • Firm up your burgers by placing them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes – if you have the time, a couple of hours is better.
  • Cook burgers on a BBQ (or fry in a frying pan) for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  • Use a spatula to lightly press your beef burgers down whilst cooking to make sure the mozzarella melts.
  • Serve in a burger bun.
  • We serve ours in a Ted’s Roll with lettuce and tomato, a few sliced gherkins and a red onion relish (made from sautéing red onion slices until soft and adding a little homemade chilli jam) and a side order of homemade oven fries.

I’m sending this recipe off to a few food challenges this month:

 

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