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How to make a great burger using UK produce

The Perfect Burger: How to Cook with UK Produce

Burgers are a staple food in many households, enjoyed by people of all ages. With so many varieties available, from fast food chains to gourmet restaurants, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to make the perfect burger. Fortunately, with a little bit of effort and some UK produce, you can easily make a delicious, juicy and satisfying burger right in your own kitchen.


  • Meat: For the best burgers, use a combination of ground beef and pork, with a ratio of 80:20 respectively. This gives the burger a good balance of flavor and juiciness, and ensures it doesn’t fall apart during cooking. For those who prefer a leaner option, ground turkey or chicken can be used.
  • Buns: Choose buns that are soft and fluffy, but sturdy enough to hold the ingredients without falling apart. Brioche buns are a popular choice, as they have a rich and buttery flavor that complements the meat.
  • Cheese: A good quality cheese is key to a delicious burger. Cheddar is the most commonly used cheese for burgers, but you can use other options like Swiss, blue cheese or brie for a more sophisticated taste.
  • Toppings: The options for toppings are endless, but some of the most popular include lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, bacon, and condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard.


  1. Mix the meat: In a large bowl, gently mix together the ground beef and pork until just combined. Over-mixing the meat will make the burgers tough, so handle it gently.
  2. Form the patties: Divide the meat into equal portions, depending on the size of the buns you are using. Shape the portions into round, flat patties, making a slight indentation in the center of each one to prevent it from puffing up during cooking.
  3. Chill the patties: Place the patties on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and to make sure the patties hold together during cooking.


  1. Heat the grill: Heat a grill or a griddle pan over medium-high heat. If using a grill, oil the grates to prevent the burgers from sticking.
  2. Cook the burgers: Place the patties on the hot grates or pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until they are browned and fully cooked. During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheese, allowing it to melt.
  3. Toast the buns: Place the buns, cut side down, on the grill or pan, and cook for 1-2 minutes until toasted.


  1. Spread the condiments: Spread a small amount of ketchup, mayonnaise, or mustard on the bottom bun.
  2. Add the toppings: Place a patty on the bottom bun, followed by the toppings of your choice.
  3. Top it off: Place the top bun on the burger and press down gently to hold everything in place.


Serve the burgers hot, with your favorite sides, like fries, coleslaw, or potato salad.


Making the perfect burger takes a little bit of effort, but the end result is worth it. With the right ingredients, cooking techniques, and a bit of creativity, you can easily create a smashing burger.

I am a burger fanatic, love junk food in general but there's something special about a burger. I am owner and chief burger taster for this website.

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