Smashed Burgers

Smashed Burgers preparation time Serves: 4
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Smashed Burgers cook time Cook: 10 mins
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    Equipment
    • Chopping boards
    • knives
    • garlic crusher
    • grater
    • plate
    • large frying pan or chargrill pan
    • measuring spoons
    • spatula
    • 3 bowls
    • Serving dish
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    Ingredients

    For the burgers:

    • 500 g Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured 5% fat beef minced steak
    • 1 Red onion
    • 1 Garlic clove
    • 1 Small egg
    • Black pepper

    For the dipping sauce:

    • 2 15ml (tbsp) Reduced fat mayonnaise
    • 1 15ml (tbsp) Reduced sugar and salt tomato ketchup
    • 1 5ml (tsp) Worcestershire sauce (optional)
    • 1/2 5ml (tsp) Mild chilli powder
    • 2 15ml (tbsp) gherkins
    • 1 15ml (tbsp) Pickle juice

    To serve:

    • 8 Slices light cheddar cheese
    • 4 Single brioche buns
    • 70 g Baby salad leaves
    • 2 Large tomatoes
    • 4 Gherkins
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    Method

    Prepare the ingredients

    • Peel and finely chop the onion.
      Peel and crush the garlic.
      Crack the egg into a small bowl and mix with a fork.
      Wash and slice the tomatoes.
      Wash, and dry the lettuce.
      Slice the gherkins.
      Mix the burger ingredients together in a bowl, divide and roll into 8 equal size balls, then press to form 2cm burgers, place on a baking tray and cover with cling film. Place in the fridge to set for 5-10 minutes.       
      Mix the sauce ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

    Start to cook:

    • Heat a little oil in a heavy frying pan/chargrill pan, add the burgers, and use a spatula to press down, to make thin smashed burgers. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
    • Carefully flip the burgers and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
    • Check with a knife to ensure the juices run clear.
    • Lay the cheese slices on top of the burgers until cheese begins to melt.
    • While the cheese is melting slice the burger buns in half and lightly toast on the inside.
    • Spread burger sauce over the base of each bun and layer with salad leaves, tomatoes, gherkins, cheese-topped burgers and more sauce.