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My family's cheeseburger recipe.

>> Monday, December 12, 2011

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My family's cheeseburger

I didn't appreciate a good burger until our trip in New York. It was midnight and we were jet lag, cold and hungry. We queued up in Shake Shack, waiting patiently. The food arrived fast, and was so satisfying. It was meaty, packed with flavours and substantial. That was the kind of fast food I could enjoy, occasionally!

More locally, I used to love Plan B's wagyu burger so much, I asked Gourmet Traveller to help me with recipe! It was published ages ago, and I still haven't found the time, efforts or money to gather the ingredients to make it.

Instead, I am stick to my go-to burger recipe. I learned it from my friend Kelly a while back and have then adapted to suit my taste. A "normal" recipe, with regular ingredients that can be quickly purchased in any supermarket. Burgers, IMO, should be fast, simple, tasty and substantial. I still love gourmet burgers on occasion, of course.

This recipe is my family favourite. We love our beet roots in burgers, because it is Australian to do so! (joking!). Seriously, beet roots are so good here. You should try, once! Also, we adore our sriracha sauce so much, ketchup has been replaced by it. Can I call this fusion food? ;)


 My family's cheeseburger
Ingredients (make 11-12 burgers)

1kg regular beef mince
3 slices white or wholemeal sandwich bread, crust removed
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons smoked BBQ sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Half a bunch of parsley, leaves picked and chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste

100g-150g mozzarella cheese, grated coarsely

2 onions, peeled and sliced
Oil to fry

Condiments: lettuce, sliced tomatoes, canned beetroot (drained), sriracha sauce
12 wholemeal buns


Prepare the burger first. Put the meat in a bowl, together with the torn bread, worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, smoked paprika, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form 11-12 patties from the mixture. Put on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry the onion with 2 tablespoons of oil until soft and start to golden. Set aside.

Now, bring the burgers out of the fridge. Pan-fry one side until golden. Flip to the other side, sprinkle with cheese on top and fry over medium-low heat until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted. Set aside and keep warm.

Split the buns in haves and warm them up in the oven. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot and one burger in each bun. Top with fried onions. Serve immediately with your favourite sauces.

Cheeseburger, a closer look


Indonesia Eats 9:38 PM  

They look so yummmy!!!

I always add hot sauce into my sandwich and burger just like the burgers that are sold in Indonesia. I also love beets on them. Have you tried beet sliders?

Rosa's Yummy Yums 10:26 PM  

A delicious looking burger! Thanks for sharing your family recipe with us.



chocolatesuze 10:30 PM  

oh wow that looks freaking delish!

Paaka Shaale 10:47 PM  

Yummy!!yummy!! SLURP;)

chinmayie @ love food eat 12:07 AM  

beetroot and sriracha in a burger is so cool! Sounds yum :)

leaf (the indolent cook) 12:35 AM  

A cute little burger that looks like it's big on flavour! I like.

La Table De Nana 12:36 AM  

You even make hamburgers look beautiful..


Happy Cook / Finla 12:40 AM  

Wowo wish i could grab one right now, the burgers look so juicy and yumm.

Angie's Recipes 12:48 AM  

What a gourmet burger! Love those buns too.

Little Corner of Mine 5:40 AM  

Looks so delicious! Make me want to taste it. :)

Lisa H. 8:53 AM  

This burger looks fantastic!
I hv not tried sriracha sauce... will hunt for a bottle soon :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9:07 AM  

I am seriously craving a burger right now! Your recipe is wonderful and I'd love to try it - along with some beet root.

FoodEpix 9:42 AM  

Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

Jo 11:01 AM  

Love the photos and the burger looks amazing. Making me salivate already ....

Yuri 1:38 PM  

It's almost noon here and lunch time will come soon. I am now craving your delicious looking burger with beet root!!! Your recipe makes me hungry:-) I love beets, its taste and cute color but can't get them here in Japan easily as far as I know. Lovely burger!

Winston 1:39 PM  

AMAZING!!! I totally love it that you've made it just the way you like it. Sriracha is SO good and glad to know it's great with burgers too! I've never put torn bread and milk so I'm really keen to try now! I think these Asian/fusion flavours suit my palate more too ^^

Nic@diningwithastud 2:20 PM  

I do love beetroot on my burger. Love the patty! Looks so moist and delicious

Jennifer (Delicieux) 3:19 PM  

I love beetroot on my burger too!!! Your burger looks so make it a veggie burger and I'm there!!

Sara 3:45 PM  

Yum, I love cheeseburgers and these look extra delicious! :)

Katie @ saltpig canteen 9:54 PM  

Haha I love how you included the bottle of hot sauce. Thanks for sharing, the burgers look packed with flavour!

Haniela 10:19 PM  

It is early just looking at your pictures made me hungry, how delicious!
I love beets, have some in the fridge right now.

Vicki Bensinger 4:41 AM  

What a delicious burger. I love that you used beetroot like a tomato. What a yummy addition!

Eri 7:58 AM  

Yummy!!! I will definitely try them!

Kiran @ 9:04 AM  

We don't eat beef, but that looks so drool-worthy :D

Tina @ bitemeshowme 9:16 AM  

Sounds like a recipe I must try out! They still look nice and juicy. I love the sriracha hot sauce that you have there - a must in all asian kitchens! ;)

jas - the gluten free scallywag 12:26 PM  

burgers, nothing beats a good one - especially with those caramelised onions - yumo! Your photos are gorgeous.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 9:16 PM  

wish i can have a burger right now, look so tempting and yummy!

Katerina 9:24 PM  

I think anything that combines elements from different cultures can be called fusion. The burgers look absolutely juicy! First time at your blog, you have some very interesting and tasty recipes here!

msihua 11:22 PM  

OMG! This is like a dream burger... beetroot, meat and sriracha with bread! WUHOO!!! I LOVE IT ALREADY!

Only Fish Recipes 3:25 AM  

wow...wonderful clicks.....burger looks awesome :-)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 2:40 PM  

You went to shake shack?! I've heard so many great things about that place.

pickyin @ LifeIsGreat 6:17 PM  

So this will be that other thing you'll make for me when I come to visit Melbourne next year. Yes I'm starting a list now so you can start preparing. :D

mycookinghut 7:34 AM  

Beautiful! I love this burger, making my mouth water!

Elpiniki 7:14 PM  

This burger look soooo delicious!
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Monet 3:30 PM  

Oh yum! I wish I had one of these right now. After a long day of shopping and wrapping, it is lovely to be able to look at these delectable meal. Thank you for sharing it with me! I hope you have a splendid week!

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul 8:42 AM  

There are so many parts to this that I adore! The spices, the beetroot...all looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Sukaina 3:21 PM  

Ok I'll have to disagree with you on the fact that Shake Shack does good burgers- I foudn the Dubai branch just average. However, you family recipe looks like a winner!

Nami | Just One Cookbook 3:06 AM  

You and your family are so lucky eating this cheese burger as "regular"... I never thought of putting beets and sriracha sauce for a burger. It's a fantastic recipe Anh! Thank you for sharing!

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