Nigella’s High-Speed Hamburger
With only 5 main ingredients and 3 steps, this truly is an express burger.
8 oz/250g extra lean ground beef
1 tablespoon caramelized onions from a jar or homemade
1½ tsp plain yogurt
1½ tsp soy sauce
1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
I made my own caramelized onions because I cannot find them in jars anywhere and plus, I reckon they would be pretty expensive so perhaps it’s a good thing that they’re hard to get. But I do wish that there was an easier way of making caramelized onions because I LOVE them. They’re not hard to make per se, just time-consuming. It took me 45mins to make them; 5mins to peel and cut the onions, 5mins to stop crying from peeling and cutting the onions and 35mins for the onions to fully caramelize.
I won’t be adding a recipe because it’s kind of like coffee, it’s pretty basic and everyone does them differently. I personally use a little bit of olive oil, a little bit of butter and a sprinkling of coarse sugar but seriously, do some research and just pick a recipe, any recipe.
-form into two patties, either using a burger press or by hand.
-heat a pan and lightly brush the patties with vegetable oil
-cook for 2 minutes on each side, remove and rest the patties for a minute or 2
If your griddle/pan/griddle pan is big enough, toast the buns at the same time. After turning the burger, I added a slice of cheese on top of it, so that it’s nice and “melty”. The original recipe calls for crumbled blue cheese which was what I used the first time I made these burgers. True story; with the leftover blue cheese and yogurt, I made blue cheese dressing and kept it in the fridge in a see through tupperware for future use. Mommy dearest threw it out a few days later, thinking it was toxic waste. Her excuse?
“It smelled like cat vomit!”
In the cookbook, the complete recipe included “fast fries” which is basically smashed pieces of baby potatoes (ziploc + rollling pin + go crazy) that’s lightly fried. I made them the last time I had this burger but this time I didn’t have any baby potatoes so I used this bag of fries I found in the freezer.
Topped my burger with lettuce and even more caramelized onions
Please make this right away so you may share my joy. And oh trust me, there’s gonna be joy. Lots of it.
A close up so you can see just how juicy the burger is.
Yes, the cheese is practically melting off the bun. And yes, that’s me grinning like the Cheshire Cat.