James Whelan Butchers: Burgers with Melted Cheese and Tomato Salsa

Burger with Melted Cheese and Tomato SalsaThe secret to great burgers is to use top quality Round Steak Mince , the onions sautéed till golden brown and cooked ahead of time and a good splash of chilli oil in the mixture.

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  • 450g Round Steak Mince
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped, sautéed in oil till golden and cooled
  • 1 tablesp. scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablesp. chilli oil, optional but nice (see recipe)
  • Salt and black pepper

Serves 4

Tomato Salsa

  • 16 approx. cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 red onions, finely chopped
  • Handful chopped coriander
  • 1 tablesp. chilli oil
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt and black pepper

To Cook

Mix the mince, onion, scallions, chilli oil and seasoning well together.  With wet hands shape into 4 burgers.  Flatten each one down with the palm of your hand until you have a nice even shape.  This way they will cook more quickly and evenly.  Keep in the fridge until ready to cook.  Grill, barbecue or cook on a black ridge pan, until fully cooked, 4-5 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile mix all the salsa ingredients together. Then place a spoonful of salsa on top of each burger and top with a slice of cheese.  Grill, or cover the barbecue or pan and continue to cook for another minute until the cheese has melted.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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