As season 5 of Masterchef Australia is currently screening in my homeland, we’re catching up on the second series from 2010 here in the UK. So far it’s been a fantastic way to introduce Mr Q to several Aussie foodie quirks, and the episode we watched a few nights ago was the perfect introduction to the Australian-style beef burger.
We watched goofy contestant Matthew build his towering ‘Megasaurus’ beef burger as Mr Q exclaimed, “You can’t put pineapple on a burger!” Oh yes, you can. It’s one of my favourite burger toppings. So I set out to prove to him that once you slap a pineapple ring on it, you’ll never look back.
I’m not even going to bother writing up a recipe for this one – the only bit that takes a bit of effort is mixing up the burger mince. For this, I added to 600g of minced beef an egg, 3/4 cup of panko crumbs, a good shake of oregano, a good sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and plenty of salt and cracked black pepper. Simple. I shaped the mince into three burger patties (200g each is a pretty massive meal-sized burger), and grilled until crispy on the outside, while still a little pink on the inside.
Then, it’s a matter of building the burger with whatever ingredients you have to hand. As I mentioned earlier, pineapple is essential for me. Nothing goes better with pineapple than crispy bacon, so that’s also very important. Another very Aussie addition is beetroot – so plenty of that, along with some cheddar cheese, a bit of greenery (watercress, in this case), mayonnaise and ketchup.
I’d like to have also added caramelised onions and a fried egg, but it was getting a little hard to manage. Served with chips and a cold beer, I felt rather pleased with my burger, and by all accounts, Mr Q was also very satisfied.
What’s your essential burger topping? Have you ever tried pineapple?