THE WORKS BEEF BURGER
Gourmet fillings to feed and please the Friday-night crowd.
Feed a crowd with these brilliant budget-wise burgers, filled with gourmet beef, spicy sausage or a vego classic.
750g beef mince
1 brown onion, grated
1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly whisked, plus 6 eggs, extra
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
3 large red onions, cut into rings
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
6 short-cut bacon rashers
6 slices tasty cheese
6 hamburger rolls, halved, toasted
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
6 iceberg lettuce leaves, torn
2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
6 slices canned pineapple in juice, drained
STEP 1 Combine mince, onion, breadcrumbs, egg and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Using damp hands, shape mixture into 6 patties. Transfer to a plate; cover with plastic food wrap. Chill for 30 minutes. STEP 2 Meanwhile, melt butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over moderate heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until soft. Add sugar and vinegar; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until caramelised. Transfer onion to a bowl. Wipe pan clean.
STEP 3 Preheat an oven-grill to moderately high. Heat same frying pan over moderately high heat. Add bacon; cook and turn for 3 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towels. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in pan over moderately high heat. Add patties; cook for 5 minutes each side or until cooked and browned. Transfer patties to a baking tray. Top with cheese. Grill for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
STEP 4 Add remaining oil to pan. Heat over moderate heat. Crack extra eggs into pan; cook for 3 minutes or until cooked to your liking. To assemble burgers, place bread bases on serving plates.
Top with barbecue sauce, lettuce, a meat patty, tomato, bacon, pineapple and egg. Top with onion mixture, then remaining bread. Serve.