Darren Purchese's classic burger

After a comforting dinner? Try this classic burger for flavour-packed dish that really hits the spot.

4

15m

Note: + standing, cooling & resting time

35m

Ingredients

  • 2 brown onions
  • 1/4 cup (80ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 800g gold sweet potato, peeled, cut into wedges
  • Sunflower oil, to shallow-fry
  • 1 tbs chopped thyme or oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup (50g) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 burger buns, split
  • 100g tasty cheddar, thinly sliced
  • Dijon mustard, extra, to serve
  • 1/4 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced crossways

Method

STEP 1

Thickly slice 1 onion crossways to make rings. Combine the vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Add the onion rings and set aside for 10 mins or until the onion softens slightly. Drain.

STEP 2

Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place the sweet potato in a large bowl. Drizzle with a little oil and season. Toss to combine. Arrange over the prepared tray. Bake for 30 mins or until golden brown.

STEP 3

Meanwhile, coarsely chop the remaining onion. Cook the chopped onion in a frying pan over low heat with the thyme, garlic and a little oil. Cook, stirring, for 4-5 mins or until the onion softens. Set aside to cool.

STEP 4

Place the mince, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, egg and the cooled onion mixture in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix until well combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. Transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until needed.

STEP 5

Combine the flour, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika in a shallow bowl. Dip each onion ring in the flour mixture and turn to coat. Add enough oil to a large frying pan to come 1cm up the side of the pan. Heat over medium heat to about 170°C (when the oil is ready, a cube of bread turns golden brown in 15 secs). Cook the onion rings, in batches, for 1-2 mins each side or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.

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