For the chips
- 4 large potatoes (we used Maris Piper), cut into chunky chips
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 2l vegetable oil, for frying
- sea salt, to serve
For the burgers
- 500g beef mince, best quality you can afford
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- 2 tsp English mustard
- 1 large egg yolk
- 25g breadcrumb
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
- 4 large sesame-seed buns, halved
- 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 8 slices Red Leicester
- 1 large handful lamb's lettuce
Sometimes known as Corn Salad, lamb's lettuce has long spoon-shaped dark leaves and a…
- 2 gherkins, sliced lengthways
- 2 vine tomatoes, sliced lengthways
- coleslaw, to serve (optional)
Put the potatoes in a large pan of salted cold water and boil for 6-8 mins or until tender. Drain well, return to the pan and shake with the lid on to fluff up the edges. Take care not to break up the chips too much.
Heat the oil in your largest saucepan to about 150C, when a little piece of potato should just start to sizzle. Fry the chips for 5-8 mins until crisp but not brown. Dry thoroughly on kitchen paper and leave to cool.
In a large bowl, mix together the beef mince, shallots, mustard, egg yolk and breadcrumbs until well combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into burgers. Cover and chill the burgers in the fridge for at least 30 mins (you can prep these up to 2 days ahead).
Heat a griddle pan until hot and coat the burgers in oil. Cook for about 10-12 mins, turning regularly, until cooked through. Leave to rest on a plate under some foil. Cook the bacon in the pan until really crisp, then set aside with the burgers. Place the cut side of the buns onto the griddle to toast slightly.
Reheat the oil so that it’s really hot – about 180C – and again cook the chips for 5 mins or so until golden. Drain and sprinkle over sea salt. Spread ketchup over the toasted buns and fill each with the burgers and other ingredients. Serve with the chips and some coleslaw, if you like.
Making your own sesame-seed bunsIf you can’t get sesame-seed burger buns brush 4 white rolls with a little beaten egg. Sprinkle 1 tbsp sesame seeds over each and bake in a hot oven (180C/160C fan/gas 4) for 5-10 mins until golden.