Cheeseburger – double or single



I do know you know the way to make a cheeseburger…. however because it seems, I’ve some ideas you may discover helpful! From one of the best beef to one of the best bun to one of the best cheese, as we speak’s burger recipe additionally comes together with your alternative of two do-it-yourself burger sauces – a tomato one or my fast creamy Special Burger Sauce.

The one query actually is – single or double cheeseburger??

Stack of cheeseburgers
Stack of double and single cheeseburgers

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Cheeseburger recipe

Anyone who claims the sight of an enormous juicy cheeseburger doesn’t get their blood pumping is both made from stone or a vegetarian.

And anyone studying that is neither of these issues, proper?? 😂 We’re individuals who maintain burgers like we’re clutching onto expensive life, like this! ⬇⬇⬇

Hand holding double cheeseburger
It’s all MINE!

And we’re individuals who go gah gah over sights like this (although by no means does the next symbolize actuality as a result of who cuts burgers with a knife??):

Cut face of Double Cheeseburger with Special Burger Sauce
Double cheeseburger with Special Burger Sauce

Photos finished. Onto enterprise – easy methods to make them!

What you want for an awesome cheeseburger

Right here is (in my humble opinion) what it’s essential make an awesome cheeseburger:

1. The meat – don’t get (too) snobby

Beef mince / ground beef for burger patties

My easy view: The higher the meat, the higher the flavour, however I might by no means flip my nostril up at a burger made with on a regular basis grocery store beef.

For firm: 50/50 brisket and chuck with 20% fats, floor to order by the butcher. Brisket brings actually good beefy flavour, and chuck for texture.

On a regular basis: Customary beef mince from the grocery retailer which could be a combination of any lower of beef however normally predominantly chuck. Fattier = juicy and extra flavourful. Lean = positive however not as juicy. You decide. (guess which aspect I’m erring in direction of!😂)

Single vs double cheeseburger: The choice is completely as much as you. I take advantage of 150g / 5 ouncesper patty for a 10cm / 4″ extensive bun, so simply double up if you’d like a double. Sure, a double is large and mighty and indulgent…. nevertheless it’s such a great deal with!

Single vs double cheeseburger

2. The cheese – processed authenticity

For the basic cheeseburger skilled, we go processed all the best way. As of late in Australia, there’s even cheese helpfully labelled “Burger Slices” so we are able to’t get it unsuitable!

Best cheese for cheeseburgers

However don’t let my loyalty to processed cheese cease you from utilizing any melting cheese you need. Swiss, cheddar, tasty, colby, gruyere – and even fancier, for those who so want / your pockets stretches that far!

3. The bun – smooth and white

Mushy white buns, ideally with sesame seeds, are (in my humble opinion) the one option to go. Mushy is crucial so it turns into one with all the things jammed inside. There’s a time and place for crusty artisan breads, however now will not be it!

Soft white burger buns for cheeseburgers

There’s additionally a time for wholemeal breads, seeded breads and olive studded breads – however once more, now will not be the time! 😂 (I jest, ignore me, use no matter bread you need.)

As for dimension….

I at all times search out burger buns round 10cm / 4″ in diameter. Why? As a result of I like my patties to cowl the bun from edge to edge, and it turns into a bit extra logistically difficult to make patties bigger than 10cm if you consider a 25% shrinkage as they cook dinner.

Nothing is extra irritating than taking a large chunk of a burger solely to finish up with a mouthful of bread and no beef!

So my rule of thumb is 10cm / 4″ of so. It’s a secure dimension, and in addition a sensible dimension in that it’s a filling meal for one individual, even somebody with a hearty urge for food reminiscent of myself.

4. The inexperienced stuff and pickled stuff

Lettuce tomato gherkins and onion for Cheeseburgers
  • Lettuce – Cos/romaine and shredded iceberg lettuce are about as basic as you may get with burgers. If you wish to get connoisseur with child greens, rocket/arugula, spinach and even kale, go proper forward (I promise I’m not judging you!).

  • Onion – Uncooked crimson onion rings are my onion of alternative. I just like the chunk of freshness they create to all of the beefiness and juiciness. For many who discover them too harsh, options are to cube them then scatter only a bit in your burger, or cook dinner odd (not crimson) onions as a substitute.

  • Tomato – As with the onion, tomato brings a contact of welcome freshness to this stack of goodness.

  • Pickles (BIG!) – Go for large gherkins moderately than small ones, else you’ll find yourself with a burger scattered with dozens of tiny little gherkin rounds!

5. The sauce

And final however not least – the sauces. You’ll be able to go together with the usual ketchup and/or mustard. However as we speak, I’m additionally sharing 2 do-it-yourself burger sauces:

  1. Special Burger Sauce – an orangey/pinky mayonnaise based mostly sauce, a blatant copycat of a preferred burger sauce offered at grocery shops; and

  2. Tomato Burger Sauce – basically a fast tomato chutney. However is has a extra savoury flavour which I feel fits burgers higher than conventional chutney which is historically fairly candy and flavoured with issues like ginger, chilli and cardamom.

OK! The components finished, let’s transfer onto the cook dinner half!

The right way to make (nice!) cheeseburgers

In case your BBQ isn’t an choice, crank up your vary hood and cook dinner indoors in a heavy forged iron skillet. Give your non-stick pan the evening off – it doesn’t cope effectively with excessive warmth cooking!

1. The cheeseburger patty

How to make great Cheeseburgers
  1. Type patties – Separate the meat into Four mounds, or eight if making double cheeseburgers. Gently roll right into a ball (not firmly, we would like tender patties not rock laborious ones!) then press down right into a patty that’s barely bigger than the burger bun, to consider cooking shrinkage.

    As famous above, I like utilizing buns which might be most 10 cm / 4″ extensive so the patty dimension is manageable. In case your buns are a lot bigger, I’d advocate utilizing extra beef else you’ll find yourself with wafer skinny patties, or patties which might be manner smaller than your buns!

  2. Tip #1 – Dent your patty for dome prevention and shrinkage discount. Use your fingers or the again of your hand to press a dent into the centre of the patty. This prevents the patty from doming because it cooks which suggests you gained’t must press down laborious with a spatula to maintain it flat which makes the burgers laborious and squeezes juice out! Basically, the dent anticipates the dome so you find yourself with a flat burger patty as soon as cooked.

    It additionally reduces shrinkage. Neat trick I picked up from Bobby Flay a few years in the past!

  3. The dent – Right here’s what it appears like. It doesn’t must be even for deep, only a slight inwards curve of any form and dimension is okay.

  4. Tip #2 – Salt JUST earlier than cooking. My 2nd key tip is to solely salt the patty simply earlier than cooking. In case you salt your patty forward of time and go away it sitting round, the cooked patty finally ends up a lot firmer. Go forward and provides it a go, if it’s essential see it for your self! 🙂 I salt mine whereas the skillet is pre-heating.

2. Cooking the patties

How to make great Cheeseburgers
  1. Forged iron skillet – Preheat oil in a heavy based mostly cast-iron skillet over excessive warmth till it is vitally, very popular. Why a cast-iron skillet? As a result of it’s made for prime warmth quick cooking so we are able to get an awesome caramelised darkish brown crust with out overcooking the within. This burger patty cooks in Three minutes flat!

    Don’t have a cast-iron skillet? You should utilize a non-stick frying pan however simply warmth the oil till scorching, not smoking. Don’t cook dinner it as aggressively as I do within the recipe video beneath (ie very very popular skillet) else you’ll harm the non stick coating. You most likely gained’t get fairly the identical color on the crust however keep away from the temptation to cook dinner for longer as you’ll find yourself with overcooked insides.

  2. Three minute cook dinner – Place 2 or Four patties within the skillet (relying on skillet dimension) and cook dinner the primary aspect for 1 1/2 minutes, urgent down LIGHTLY with a spatula. Observe the emphasis on “frivolously”! No person likes dense, laborious patties the place all of the juice has been squeezed out in the course of the cooking section!

  3. Flip & cheese – Flip the burgers then instantly prime with cheese and cook dinner for an additional 1 1/2 minutes.

  4. Melted! And take a look at that. Completely cooked patty and melted cheese draped over it. Sheer perfection!

Cheeseburger patty with melted cheese

3. Assembling cheeseburgers

How I make cheeseburgers

That is the order during which I prefer to construct burgers as a result of I feel it’s probably the most secure. Anyone who’s bitten into a large burger solely to have a slice of tomato squirt out the again finish is aware of precisely what I’m speaking about!

  1. Toast the buns underneath the grill/broiler for a couple of minutes till gentle golden. I solely do the lower face as a result of I prefer to maintain the floor smooth. Utilizing your BBQ? Simply pop them face down straight onto the grill.

  2. Smear with sauce of alternative. Within the photograph above I’m utilizing my do-it-yourself tomato chutney burger sauce and within the video you’ll additionally see me utilizing my creamy pink Special Burger Sauce. Don’t make me select – generally I take advantage of each. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  3. Lettuce > tomato > patty – I put lettuce first as a result of it sort of “sticks” to the sauce adopted by tomato then the patty (or patties!).

  4. Gherkins > onion – Subsequent, gherkins scattered throughout the cheese (they sort of stick which is sweet) then onion.

  5. Sauce on lid – Then I normally smear the sauce on the lid although if I’m feeling further saucy I’ll spoon the sauce straight onto the burger stack as a substitute or (gasp shock horror!) in addition to. 😇

  6. Jam the lid on prime then devour!

Freshly made Double Cheeseburger ready to be eaten

Cheeseburger Disclaimer

I do know this cheeseburger recipe incorporates daring statements relating to what I feel makes an awesome cheeseburger. Nonetheless, I’ve at all times been a agency believer that you need to by no means let anybody inform you what you need to or mustn’t put in your burger.

And that features me. 😂 So actually, make yours how you would like. Ignore all my ideas, do what you need. And share your Nice Burger Ideas within the feedback beneath! – Nagi x

PS If crispy fries is in your MUST HAVE record with burgers, I entire heartedly agree. And my lengthy awaited fries recipe is coming subsequent week! I promise you’ll love them. They’re a sport changer. 😇

Watch easy methods to make it

PS I filmed this throughout a time when there have been recent produces provide points so I needed to resort to butter lettuce. I survived.

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Stack of cheeseburgers

Cheeseburgers (double or single)


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Recipe video above. This cheeseburger recipe assumes your bun is 10cm/4″ extensive. If it is bigger, it’s possible you’ll wish to scale up the meat so you do not find yourself with wafer skinny patties or a burger patty that is a lot smaller than your bun. No person likes biting into bread with no beef!!Slather with sauce of alternative although for a extremely nice burger expertise, strive my Special Burger Sauce (fast, no cook dinner) or my Tomato Chutney for Burgers.


Mighty Double Cheeseburgers:

Every little thing else you want:


  • Patties: Separate the meat into Four equal parts, or eight if making double cheeseburgers (do it!). Gently roll balls then press down into spherical patties which might be barely bigger than your bun to permit for shrinkage (12 cm / 4.7″ extensive, 1 cm / 0.4″ thick for a 10cm / 4″ burger bun).

  • Put together: Get all of your burger bits and items out and able to use. Do not salt your beef till simply earlier than cooking (makes them laborious).

  • Toast buns: Preheat the grill to excessive. Place the bread lower face up on a tray and toast for Three to five minutes till gentle golden. Put aside.

  • Dent patty: Sprinkle patties with half the salt and pepper. Flip, then press a dent into the center of every patty. This prevents them from doming up when cooking and reduces shrinkage (thanks Bobby Flay!). Sprinkle the dented aspect with the remaining salt and pepper.

  • Preheat 1 tablespoon oil in a big forged iron skillet over excessive warmth till very popular – smoking! (Observe 6)

  • Cook dinner: Cook dinner 2 to Four patties (no matter suits) for 1 1/2 minutes. Press down frivolously with a spatula (to too laborious else the meat juices squeeze out!). Flip then instantly prime with a slice of cheese. Cook dinner for an additional 1 1/2 minutes (cheese will soften!) then switch to a tray to relaxation for Three minutes.

  • Assemble: Slather the bottom of the bun together with your sauce of alternative. My order of meeting: lettuce, tomato, burger (x 2 for double!), gherkins, onion, sauce on bun lid, jam it on prime of the stack. DEVOUR.

  • {Fries coming subsequent week. Be ready to swoon, they’re epic!}

Recipe Notes:

Batch cooking: In case you are making an enormous batch, maintain buns and cooked patties heat in a 50°C/122°F oven whilst you proceed cooking.
1. Beef high quality:

  • My favorite mix for flavour and juiciness – 50/50 brisket and chuck, floor to order from the butcher, with 20% fats.
  • Grocery store mince – No person in my circles turns their nostril up at burgers made with grocery store beef mince. The trick is to observe my particular course to salt it simply earlier than cooking because the patty is much extra tender as soon as cooked. And likewise, lean = much less flavour and fewer juicy (fats is the place beef flavour is).

2. Burger buns – See intro for commentary. Brioche buns are premium, else any smooth white buns that aren’t too gigantic (why-oh-why are Aussie hamburger buns so BIG?? So laborious to cook dinner hamburger patties that dimension!). Doesn’t must be referred to as hamburger buns, you may simply get smooth white rolls (greatest to skip crusty/seedy/wholemeal/fancy stuff).
3. Cheese – for a real cheeseburger expertise, go for the processed cheese! Bought in Australian grocery shops helpfully labelled “burger cheese”, see in submit for photograph.
4. Onion – In case you’re not a fan of uncooked onion (I personally like the way it breaks up the richness of the burger), you may both cube then scatter over the sauce on the bottom of the bun (like McDonald’s does) or cook dinner it in a bit oil with a pinch of salt and pepper (I’d use brown/yellow onions as a substitute).
5. Gherkins – massive is simply extra sensible so that you solely want a number of slices to cowl the burger. In case you solely have the small ones readily available, slice them vertically moderately than rounds
6. Pan – In case you’ve solely obtained a non stick pan, that’s positive however simply don’t cook dinner your burger as aggressively as I do in a smoking scorching skillet else you’ll destroy your non stick coating. You gained’t get fairly the identical charring however it’s going to nonetheless be scrumptious!

Lifetime of Dozer

Expensive Dozer followers – don’t miss Dozer’s cameo in as we speak’s recipe video. Don’t fear concerning the recipe, simply skip straight to 1 minutes 55 seconds to see Dozer.😂

And right here he’s, trying mighty unimpressed on the unhappy McDonald’s Massive Mac I obtained for inspection functions – to match the red burger sauce to my recipe. (Spoiler: no comparability!!!)

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