Cheesy Beef Burger

Sometimes sticking with the classics is the way to go! A beef burger with cheese. What could be better? How about adding some smoky aioli and caramelised onion, and voila! The perfect burger.

What you’ll need:

Serves 4

  • A drizzle of Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 100g block Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 2 Brown Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 head Cos Lettuce
  • ¼ Cup Fine Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 4 Burger Buns
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Warm Water
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 100g tub Smokey Aioli


1. Make the fries

Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Cut the potato (unpeeled) into 1cm fries. Place the fries on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat, then bake on the top rack until tender, 25-30 minutes. TIP: Cut the potato to the correct size so it cooks in the allocated time.

2. Make the beef patties

While the fries are baking, finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Thinly slice the tomato. Reserve some cos lettuce leaves for the burgers, then shred the remaining lettuce. Finely chop the parsley leaves. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, parsley, fine breadcrumbs, eggs, the salt, beef mince and a pinch of pepper. Shape the mixture into 5 patties (each a little wider than your burger buns). Transfer to a plate. TIP: Make a shallow indentation in the centre of each patty, this will help prevent it from puffing up as it cooks.

3. Cook the beef patties

In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the beef patties and cook until almost cooked through, 4-5 minutes each side. TIP: If your pan is getting crowded, cook in batches for the best results! Transfer the beef patties to an oven tray lined with baking paper.

4. Add the cheese

Thinly slice the brown onion. Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a good drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, 5-6 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, warm water and brown sugar and simmer until the liquid is nearly evaporated and the mixture is slightly sticky. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Make the onion jam

While the onion is cooking, place the beef patties on a second oven tray and sprinkle with the shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Place the burger buns directly on the wire racks of the oven and bake until heated through, 2 minutes.

6. Serve up

Slice the burger buns in half. Spread the bases with smokey aioli. Top each with a cheesy beef patty, caramelised onion, some tomato slices and the reserved cos lettuce. Toss the shredded cos lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, and serve on the side with the fries.

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