Presenting the ultimate fakeaway cheese burger.
I sure I am not alone in this, but sometimes I get a craving for certain fast food chain cheese burger. However, as we know the last few months have been far from normal and I basically had no option but to make my own! So got to work developing and in my opinion perfecting The Ultimate Cheese Burger.
To start you will need soft burger buns, but before you rush out to buy the perfect burger bun from the super market, give making your own try.
Ingredients for the burger bun:
350ml Luke warm water
1 Sachet of yeast
2 level tablespoons of caster sugar
500g Strong bread flour
1 level teaspoon of salt
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil. (sunflower oil is also good, not olive oil though)
Stir the yeast and sugar into the water, until it has a creamy consistency, then leave to rest for Approx 10-15 mins.
Then, slowly mix the liquid into the flour, add the salt and oil and knead by hand or using a mixer for Approx 10 mins. Roll into a ball and place into a large bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for approx 1hr or until the dough has doubled in size.
Knock the dough back once using your fist. Then, tip out onto a floured surface, divide using a dough cutter of a sharp knife – You should get at least 7 medium rolls from this recipe.
Flour your hands and roll the dough to creating a ball. Then, place on the a lightly oiled baking tray, keep a good amount space between each ball as they will double in size. Cover the rolls with cling film and leave to prove for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the over to 200C. Place a tray of water on the bottom shelf, this will help the rolls rise.
Place your rolls on the shelf above the water and bake for Approx 15 – 20 minutes.
To get the seeded roll effect then beat one egg and glace the top of the rolls, then sprinkle over sesame seeds before baking.
They freeze really well.
Ingredients for the burger:
500g Beef mince
1 Tablespoon ketchup
1 Tablespoon American yellow mustard
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of oil
2 shallots or one small onion very finely diced.
4 cheese slices – for authenticity I prefer the cheaper the better, however you could use whatever you wanted here.
Mix all the ingredients together using your hands. Then, with a burger press if you have one, if not, free style will work just as well. Start to form your burgers into round patties. I like mine quite thin and this mixture will usually make 4 maybe 5 burgers.
Using a griddle pan or a regular frying pan, add the oil or cooking spray. Place the burgers in the pan and cook for approx 2 minutes each side, then add the shallots and cook for a another 1-2 minutes