Ah, I love the smell of the first new recipe in ages, don’t you? Onward, then. I was inspired for this recipe by one of the “diners” on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, on Food Network. (We spend far too much time watching that channel). I wondered – you can put normal cheese in the middle of burgers (as I have done), how about burger cheese? You know, American cheese, the flat, square stuff you have with most barbecues.
Well, it turns out, yes, you can do it, and yes, they’re delicious. In fact, some diner in America has done it already, so I came up with a recipe to do the same.
- One 250g pack minced beef. Not too lean – you need the fat to keep the burgers moist
- 1tbsp virgin olive oil
- 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Two cloves garlic, crushed
- Two spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
- Two slices of burger cheese (you might know them as singles, American cheese slices, processed cheese, whatever!)
- 1tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1/2tsp salt, 1/2tsp black pepper, freshly ground
This one is fun! Combine the mince, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, breadcrumbs and seasoning. Divide into two, and shape into flat, thin ovals, as shown on the right. Fold each cheese slice into quarters, and place about 1/3 of the way up on each oval.
Next, fold the burger around the cheese, as shown on the right. Make sure you create a good seal around the edges, or the cheese will seep out (to be honest, it’ll do that anyway, but do your best).
Finally, get cooking! They take the normal amount of time on the grill, and when the cheese starts to seep out, you know you’re pretty close. Serve on a bun (or, as we did, a pitta) with salad and the usual ketchup, mustard and pickles. Yum.