Beef Bourguignon Burger

The Patate
Sunday Upmarket

Martin and Paul-Henry first met at cookery school in France, only to cross paths again three years later at Camden Market. They decided to dive into the street food business together as The Patate, and came up with their star dish: beef bourguignon burgers. They make a traditional beef bourguignon then give it the Patate treatment; grilling portions to order and serving them, covered in jus, in a toasted potato bun with their special sauce (a trade secret, obviously), lettuce, and a choice of Raclette, Fourme d’Ambert or Applewood smoked Cheddar.


  • 100 g butter
  • 4onions, sliced
  • 5 carrots, sliced
  • 700 g chuck beef, cut into
  • 6 cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 bouquet garni (or a few bay leaves, parsley stalks and sprigs of thyme)
  • salt
  • black pepper

To Serve

  • 4 toasted potato buns, or buns of your choice
  • 4 slices cheese lettuce


Melt 50g of the butter in a frying pan, then fry the onions and carrots for three or four minutes over medium heat until they start to soften. Transfer them to a casserole dish. Dust the meat with the flour. Melt the remaining butter in another pan, then sear the meat until it is a deep-brown colour all over - about five minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and add it to the casserole dish.

Deglaze the frying pan with some of the red wine and bring to a boil. Season with salt and black pepper and pour into the casserole dish. If you don’t have bouquet garni to hand, make your own by wrapping your herbs in a small square of muslin and tying with a piece of string, then throw that in too.

Pour the rest of the wine into the casserole, then simmer uncovered for at least three hours on low heat. When the beef is very tender, discard the bouquet garni and leave to cool to room temperature.

To make your own ‘The Patate’-style burger, you can grill some of the pieces of meat and place on a warm potato bun. Pour over a little of the jus, then add a slice of cheese, lettuce and sauce of your choice. Bon appétit!