Toast your buns. Place the sliced buns on the grill or in the pan until toasted. This helps create a lovely barrier, so the burger doesn’t fall apart when eating.
Drizzle a small amount of vegetable oil into your pan and swirl it around so that the base is covered. Let it get hot then place the partially cooked patty into the pan. Give it a quick blast. A minute, boom!
Pre-cook the meat-free burgers in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, straight from frozen.
Place a frying pan or plancha over direct heat in your outdoor cooker, or on top of your stove. You’ll need to make sure it’s pretty hot so that you can quickly build up a crust. Make sure you season with salt and pepper. I like to add a pinch of garlic and onion granules for extra flavour. Sometimes a super small pinch of cayenne for kick.
Once the bottom burger has been seared and developed a crust, flip it over and brush on some yellow American mustard. When the other side has developed a crust, flip the burger again and brush on more mustard. You want the mustard to cook into the burger which will give it a lovely sweet tangy flavour.
This is an awesome hack for making killer burgers. Loads of top chefs use this technique. Give the burger a couple of quick flips until the mustard is pretty much cooked into the patty.
There is one key hint to making this the best burger ever: get your cloche ready as well as some water. Lay your cheese onto the patty and place the cloche or a larger bowl over the pan. Do this for 20-30 seconds or until the cheese has started to melt.
Now place the top burger bun onto the cheese and squirt a little water next to the burger and quickly replace the cloche. This creates a lovely steam that will make the burger nice and squishy. You only need to leave the cloche on for 15-30 seconds to achieve ultimate steamy squishy goodness.
- Get that bottom bun ready with a splodge of mayo and a handful of iceberg lettuce. Throw the rest of the burger on top and you are ready to indulge in the tastiest burger ever made by humankind. Throw in a couple of thin slices of red onion for extra crunch and tang. A couple of pickle slices will always send the burger to tasty town. Sour is best!
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