Louie & Gennaro’s ‘ultimate’ cheeseburgers

cheeseburger

Serves 4

  • olive oil

  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely sliced

  • 600 g quality minced chuck steak

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, tied together

  • French's yellow mustard

  • 4 thin slices good melting cheese, such as Cheddar

  • 8 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon

  • 4 sesame seed buns, halved

  • For the mayo

  • 200 g low-fat mayonnaise, made with free-range eggs

  • 2 teaspoons gentleman's relish

  • 1 lemon

Put a pan on a high heat and add a lug of olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring often, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until soft and sticky.



To make the flavoured mayo, simply empty the mayo into a bowl and whisk with the gentleman's relish. Have a taste and add a squeeze or two of lemon juice.



Put a griddle pan or large frying pan on a high heat to get nice and hot. Divide the minced steak into 4 portions, then pat and shape each portion into a burger patty, about 2cm thick. Drizzle the burgers with a little olive oil then add to the hot griddle or frying pan. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until nicely charred. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and pepper, then turn them over and use the thyme as a brush to coat the burgers with a little mustard. Lay a slice of cheese on each burger so it starts to melt. Cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. These timings will give you blushing burgers, but cook yours for a little longer if you prefer.



Meanwhile, put a large frying pan on a high heat and add your bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Transfer it to a plate and carefully wipe the pan clean with a ball of kitchen paper. Toast the buns in the hot pan – you'll need to do this in 2 batches.



Layer up the cheese burgers in the toasted buns with a dollop of flavoured mayo, the bacon and sticky onions. Serve with homemade French fries, salad and a few gherkins, if you like.





Nutritional Information

Louie & Gennaro’s ‘ultimate’ cheeseburgers

With Cheddar, bacon and sticky onions

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Using top-quality meat for this burger recipe lets the flavours speak for themselves
Serves 4
1h 15m
Super easy
Method

When you're buying your chuck, don't go for the lean variety – you want it to have a bit of fat as this will keep the burgers lovely and juicy as they cook. You're not adding anything to the meat so make sure you work it well to create lovely patty shapes. Ask your butcher to mince the steak for you or just pulse it a few times in a food processor.

Put a pan on a high heat and add a lug of olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring often, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until soft and sticky.

To make the flavoured mayo, simply empty the mayo into a bowl and whisk with the gentleman's relish. Have a taste and add a squeeze or two of lemon juice.

Put a griddle pan or large frying pan on a high heat to get nice and hot. Divide the minced steak into 4 portions, then pat and shape each portion into a burger patty, about 2cm thick. Drizzle the burgers with a little olive oil then add to the hot griddle or frying pan. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until nicely charred. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and pepper, then turn them over and use the thyme as a brush to coat the burgers with a little mustard. Lay a slice of cheese on each burger so it starts to melt. Cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. These timings will give you blushing burgers, but cook yours for a little longer if you prefer.

Meanwhile, put a large frying pan on a high heat and add your bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Transfer it to a plate and carefully wipe the pan clean with a ball of kitchen paper. Toast the buns in the hot pan – you'll need to do this in 2 batches.

Layer up the cheese burgers in the toasted buns with a dollop of flavoured mayo, the bacon and sticky onions. Serve with homemade French fries, salad and a few gherkins, if you like.


Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 664
    33%
  • Carbs 27.6g
    11%
  • Sugar 6.8g 8%
  • Fat 39.3g 56%
  • Saturates 13.9g 70%
  • Protein 48.9g 108%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • olive oil

  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely sliced

  • 600 g quality minced chuck steak

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, tied together

  • French's yellow mustard

  • 4 thin slices good melting cheese, such as Cheddar

  • 8 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon

  • 4 sesame seed buns, halved

  • For the mayo

  • 200 g low-fat mayonnaise, made with free-range eggs

  • 2 teaspoons gentleman's relish

  • 1 lemon