Independence day: July 4 burgers

July 4 Independence day hamburgers America

Happy Independence day America!

I’m sorry, but I’m going to be incredibly un-British and claim that these burgers are totally awesomely delicious. I am also going to resist the urge to say ‘even if I say so myself’.

Serves: 4 generously

For the burgers:

500g beef mince, although since we’re talking about a USA classic here, let’s call it ground beef

1 red onion, very finely chopped

1 clove garlic, very finely chopped

2 egg yolks

1 thick slice of stale white bread, blended into breadcrumbs

1 pinch of cumin

1 pinch mustard powder

2 tsp whole grain mustard

A generous sprinkling of salt

For the sauce:

2 good tbsp ketchup

2 tsp French’s mustard (It’s crucial that this is French’s mustard. It just doesn’t taste the same with any other mustard)

To garnish:

4 slices cheese – preferably as plastic as you can get. Ours was leftover from the husband’s last barbecue, and the sell-by date is 31 Oct. What is that stuff made of?

4 burger buns (preferably with sesame seeds)

Gherkins, pickled onions, fries and salad leaves to serve. Oh and some sparklers of course!


Tip all the burger ingredients into a big bowl and mix well by hand. Divide the mix into equal portions and press into four fat juicy patties (five if you’re being restrained).

Slide the burgers under a hot grill for five minutes each side (medium – 3-4 minutes each side for rare, 6-7 for well done). Approx. 30 seconds before the time is up, slip a slice of cheese on top of each one and slide back under the grill until it melts.

Whisk together the ketchup and mustard, have a little taste and adjust ratio of ketchup to mustard to your personal preference.

Load each burger bun with a dollop of sauce, a handful of salad leaves and gherkins.

That’s all folks!


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