Brioche, Bacon, Blue Cheese.
Need I say more? In my house there’s a special night that comes along a few times a year, game night. Now, game night is effectively my night off from the kitchen, it’s when my fiance takes over and cooks me burgers with all sorts of toppings and combinations.
Needless to say I love this particular night, feet up, game on, burger on.
600g Mince beef (at least 15% fat)
1 Tsp flaky sea salt
4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
4 brioche buns
200g firm blue cheese such as stilton
To serve: Mayo, Dijon mustard, tomato and sliced lettuce (or whatever you fancy)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius and open a beer. Begin by placing the beef into a mixing bowl and add the salt and season generously with black pepper. Place the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour and while you wait… drink beer.
The salt will activate the proteins and remove the need to add unnecessary eggs and breadcrumbs to the burger. This burger is all meat! Remove the mixture and dampen your hands with water, divide the beef into four equal balls, then, flatten into 4 equal patties around 1/2 an inch thick. Heat a piping hot griddle pan and brush each burger with a little olive oil before adding to the griddle and press each burger a little to push it downwards. Let them cook without moving them and they won’t stick, after around 7-8 minutes flip and repeat the process. Remove from the heat and top 50g blue cheese to each burger before placing in the oven for the cheese to melt.
Turn on your grill and grill the bacon on both sides until crispy, around 4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of your bacon. Remove from the grill and drain on kitchen paper. Slice and lightly toast the Brioche buns. Remove the burgers from the oven to rest as you build the burgers.
Spread the base of each bun with Dijon Mustard, place a mound of sliced lettuce on top and then gently rest your burger on top. Add a slice of tomato along with the crispy bacon before spreading the lid with mayonnaise and placing on top to crown your creation.
The smokey Bacon, sweet Brioche and tangy Blue cheese are a match made in heaven.
Serve with fries and ketchup, standard!