Food with JP Passion: Gourmet Burger

By JP Kennedy

John Paul Kennedy is a self-taught cook and an avid fan of collecting cookery books with a passion for good old-fashioned home cooking. his passion for proper family cooking stems from his TWO Grandmothers who were both excellent cooks, one of whom was a trained chef. JP promises to bring us plenty of family-inspired recipes and tasty treats while showing us how to get the basics right.

Who doesn’t love a good burger? While we may not yet be in the depths of, hopefully, a warm Mediterranean summer that doesn’t mean we can’t throw a delicious burger on the barbeque?

In fact over the past few evenings I’ve already seen a number of people dust off the BBQ and treat themselves to some delicious food hot off the BBQ or Grill. Again why not? 

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We are all looking for some well-deserved distractions from the Covid-19 situation, what better way to do that than with a good burger and an ice cold beer?

Here is the recipe I use for the perfect gourmet beef burger. Happy grilling Y’all!

Perfect Beef Burger

Ingredients:(Makes 4 large burgers)

  • 1lb of round steak mince (450g approx) Source this from your local butcher if you can!
  • 1 red onion finely chopped (I pulse mine in my mini processor)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Ballymaloe tomato relish
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 75g approx. fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sea salt & ground black pepper for seasoning

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1. Mix the ground beef, red onion, mustard, relish, thyme, egg yolk and breadcrumbs together in a large mixing bowl and season with sea salt and black pepper

2. Using your hands (cooks best tool) shape into 4 large beef patties or 6 smaller ones if your prefer

3. Grill on the BBQ or fry on a hot pan (with a little oil) 4 minutes on each side.

4. About 1 minutes before the burgers are cooked pop a slice of cheese on top and allow to melt

5. Pop the burgers onto toasted brioche buns with your favourite toppings! I like to serve mine with baby gem lettuce, crispy bacon, red onion, gherkin and ketchup or mayo – It’s completely up to you, whatever takes your fancy.

6. Tuck in and enjoy – I like to serve these burgers with my mini roasted potatoes (skin on) with fresh rosemary and a dash of red wine vinegar! Burger and chips heaven!


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