World Cup recipe: American classic burger


If you're having people over for a match, this is the perfect dish to win your friends and family over. Ideal for a barbecue on a hot summer's day.

Meat feast: American classic burger

Meat feast: American classic burger

Serves 4


  • 500g (1lb 2oz) beef mince
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 gherkins, finely chopped
  • 2tsp mustard
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  •  25g (1oz) white breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Put the mince in a large bowl and, using your hands, work in the onion, garlic, gherkins, mustard, parsley, egg, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper, until well combined.

We've gone for a great American Monterey Jack cheese (available from most supermarkets), but any cheese will work well

Divide the mixture into 4 and shape into large burgers. Cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium. Place the burgers on a baking sheet and

grill for 5-6 minutes each side until cooked.

Top with a thick slice of cheese. Serve the burgers in buns with lettuce and tomatoes and a tangy relish.

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