This is another one of my son’s favourite meals, often requested at home. Making everything from scratch means you can feel good about serving this treat meal; you know every single ingredient that has gone into making it.
As you’ll see, I like to keep the seasoning of the burger meat very simple but feel free to add more if you like; dried herbs, a dash of Worcestershire sauce or spices are all good options.
To make fresh breadcrumbs, simply put a few slices of stale bread in a food processor and blitz them for a minute or so. I usually make a big batch of fresh breadcrumbs and then keep them in the freezer to use as needed.
Home-made Cheeseburger and Sweet Potato Chips
Ingredients (serves 4:)
6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut into 8 thin wedges
½ tsp coarse sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
2tsp olive oil
500g minced beef
½ tsp coarse sea salt
¼ tsp pepper corns
25g fresh breadcrumbs
1tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 medium egg
1-2tsp olive oil
8 slices Edam cheese
4 brioche burger buns
1- Pre-heat your oven to 200oC/180oC fan.
2- Place the sweet potato chips in a freezer bag and add the salt, pepper, paprika, Cayenne pepper and olive oil in the bag. Close the bag and shake it thoroughly to ensure the chips are evenly covered with the oil and spices.
3- Take the chips out of the bag and place them in a roasting tin. Make sure you place them in a single layer so they roast properly. Put in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until tender and golden.
4- In the meantime, place the minced beef in a large mixing bowl.
5- Put the salt and pepper corns in a pestle and mortar. “Smash” the pepper corns and salt together, until all the pepper corns are cracked.
6- Add the salt and pepper, breadcrumbs, wholegrain mustard and egg to the beef. Then, roll your sleeves up and use your hands to mix all the ingredients together!
7- Separate the beef mixture into four equal portions and shape them into burgers.
8- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and cook the burgers approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.
9- Put two slices of cheese on top of each burger and put them in the oven for 3-4 minutes until the cheese has melted. (Ideally, it is best to use a cast iron frying pan for this or an oven-proof frying pan that you can pop in your oven straight from the hob. Otherwise, just slide the burgers in a roasting tin; it will do the job beautifully.)
10- Remove the burgers from the oven, once the cheese is melted and bubbly (but take care not to burn it.) Serve the burgers on brioche buns. If all has worked according to plan, your sweet potato chips will be ready to serve at the same time J Add any sauce of your choice to the burgers but we love them as they are. However, Louisiana slaw also makes a great side dish (recipe can be found here: http://stranmernutrition.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/yum-festival-of-food-and-drink-2014.html)