This one was inspired by the obscenely sized burgers I saw on TV. In the US, they say the bigger the better, so I thought it would be fun to see how big a patty I could make and what could go in! So i decided on cheese and 1 whole egg yolk. A bit messy but rather fun to prepare. Be warned, the patties are BIG.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 400 grams of minced beef (don’t use lean mince as its too dry)
- 2 egg yolks
- Gouda Cheese (or any ‘melty’ cheese)
- Garlic Powder
- Cumin powder
Making it Happen! (Beef Patties)
- Grate a generous amount of cheese and set aside
- Place the minced beef into a large bowl, add 4 big pinches of salt, 4 big pinches of pepper, a few pinches of the garlic powder, paprika, numeric and cumin powder
- Mix well using your hands and portion the meat into roughly 4 equal segments
- Flatten it out, then make it into a ball again. Do this 3 times. This helps to firm up the patty.
- Make a ‘well’ in the centre of 2 patties about 2 -3 thumbs wide.
- In each of these 2 patties, fill the ‘well’ with 1 whole egg yolk (use fresh eggs or the yolk will break) and some cheese
- This is where the fun starts. Use the ’empty’ patty and place it on top of the ‘filled’ patty.
- Very carefully, use your fingers to gently pinch and fold the sides of 2 patties to seal the edges. Pinch and fold at least 3 times around the circumference.
- Once done, set aside, cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30mins to set the patty. Don’t get shocked by the size of the patties. Its supposed to be BigAss!
- To cook the patty, heat up in a heavy bottom pan, some olive oil, over medium heat. Add also a thin slice of butter (1/3 to 1/2 finger width)
- When the butter is fully melted and stops bubbling, add the patties to the pan and cover with a lid or aluminum foil
- Cook the patties for at least 5 minutes per side. Do not keep flipping the burger, as fun as that may be.
- If cooking for kids, cook it for at least 8 minutes per side to make sure that its well done. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can actually pop the patties into a microwave oven for 30 secs set to high. This will not change the taste or texture
- Let the patties rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with a side of salad
- For some ideas on salad dressing, you can take a peek at my ‘Good Company’ section