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Recipes Quick and Easy

"The Classic" - Possibly The World's Tastiest Burger

Ingredients
  • Minced beef (20% fat)
  • Soft bun
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Cos lettuce
  • Lemon
  • Good Irish bacon
  • Cheddar cheese

The world is going absolutely burger mad at the moment. You can't turn a street corner without spotting a queue of hipsters outside some trendy new spot.

While we love eating a burger when out and about, nothing is better than a home cooked version. Forget all these fancy chefs with their unusual toppings and get stuck into this "Classic" which tastes absolutely fucking amazing (if we do say so ourselves!).

Instructions

Step 1

The key here is buying really good quality Irish ingredients. I splashed out on good bacon, bought proper Irish cheddar and went to the local butchers for good mince. Ask for about 20% fat content in the mince - that's the key!

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Step 2

Make the sauce first by mixing half and half ketchup and mayo. Throw in a squeeze of lemon to bring the whole thing to life.

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Step 3

Stir it all up and fuck in a bit of salt and pepper. It's the sauce that makes this burger. Kind of like our own secret Big Mac sauce, except not so secret and less shit in it!

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Step 4

Prep up the salad in advance so you are ready to go. You'll want it super crunchy so keep it chilled

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Step 5

Now rather than throwing in about 100 ingredients, the key to a good burger is keeping it really fucking simple. Salt, pepper and meat is all you need. Again this all comes down to getting the best from your butcher, and not buying the shit the supermarkets sell you in the little packets.

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Step 6

Mix it up and mould it into a burger shape that's about 2 fingers high - remember a burger is meant to fit into your mouth!

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Step 7

Lash it on to a chargrill pan at a good high heat - you could do this on the BBQ for even more flavour if the weather obliges.

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Step 8

Flip the bastard after about 2 minutes and throw the bacon into the pan as well. You don't really need any oil at this stage as the fat from the burger will be oozing out.

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Step 9

It'll only take about 3 minutes to cook the burger on each side. I like a tiny trace of pink in my burger but not too much.

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Step 10

Fuck the bacon up on top, throw the cheese on top of that and fire it under the grill or oven for about a minute.

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Step 11

Toast the buns.

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Step 12

Throw on a load of the sauce, then the crisp lettuce.

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Step 13

The meat should be absolutely spot on with the cheese melted on top. By this stage the smell should be driving people nuts and they'll all be in the kitchen "helping".

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Step 14

Pop the lid onto the burger and serve it up with a cold beer, some sports or a movie. Good cooking really isn't that hard and once you taste this bad boy it's the only way you'll ever eat a burger again. Whopper!

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I always wonder why restaurants fuck burgers up by putting pears, slewed onions and all sorts of other shit in there. Keep it simple, do it yourself and you'll end up with this taste sensation. This recipe is all about the good ingredients and tastes insanely good!

Written By

Niall Harbison

Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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