Burger with blue cheese

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Feeds

    four

Appears in

Old Food

Old Food

By Jill Dupleix

Published 1998

  • About

The burger as we know it first appeared on the menu of New York’s famous Delmonico’s restaurant in 1934. In spite of its sorry image, it is a legitimate, honest meal that should be brought back into the fold of good home cooking as soon as possible. The beetroot is optional (mandatory for Australians).

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers (capsicums)
  • 2 slices white bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 750 g ( lb) quality minced beef (e.g. rump)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely snipped chives
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup blue cheese
  • 4 tbsp quality mayonnaise
  • 4 slices pancetta or bacon
  • extra tbsp olive oil
  • handful of rocket leaves
  • 4 sourdough rolls, focaccia or muffins
  • 1 fresh beetroot, cooked (optional)

Method

Heat olive oil and cook onion until it softens, then set aside. Bake peppers in moderate oven for 30 minutes until they darken. Let cool, and peel off skins. Cut in half lengthwise, discard seeds, and trim into 4 pieces. Slice trimmings into strips and set aside.

Soak white bread in milk, and squeeze dry and finely chop. Mix minced beef, bread, herbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add egg, and mix well with your hands, squeezing and kneading. Form into four large patties, cover with plastic wrap and chill until needed.

Mash blue cheese, mix with mayonnaise and chill. Grill pancetta or bacon, and lightly toast halved rolls. Heat extra olive oil in heavy-based frypan and cook burgers for 3 or 4 minutes on either side, depending on thickness.

To assemble, place rocket leaves on a toasted half bun. Top with roasted red pepper, burger, beetroot (optional), pancetta or bacon, red pepper strips and a dollop of blue cheese mayonnaise.