What would make your ultimate burger?

Advertising Feature 30 March 2011 18

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Grill’d, Australia’s healthy burger specialists, are coming to Canberra with a brand new restaurant opening in Belconnen on 31 March.

Grill’d offer home-made style burgers using quality, fresh ingredients that make them great for those who enjoy eating well and keeping fit and healthy. The Grill’d Canberra menu features 20 different 100% beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian burgers, as well as a range of steak sandwiches and salads.

To celebrate the opening of Grill’d Belconnen, RiotACT is providing its premium members with the opportunity to win one of ten seats at an exclusive RiotACT night out with Johnboy on Wednesday 13 April at 6.30pm.

To enter: You must be a premium RiotACT member to enter this competition. Simply tell us what ingredients you’d use to make your ultimate burger (minimum of four ingredients). The RiotACT team will judge the entries.

Prize includes $25 worth of food and drink at Grill’d Belconnen.

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18 Responses to What would make your ultimate burger?
smiling politely smiling politely 1:14 pm 31 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

Why? For being a generous lover?

I think of you more as being clever with languages. A cunning linguist, so to speak.

I am pleased to see that while there’s some minor contention about beetroot in burgers – noting that I’m not terribly keen as I invariably seem to be wearing a white shirt when I’m eating one – there’s little about pickles. By which I don’t mean the p!ssy little bread and butter cucumber slices that you get at McD’s or Subway, but proper sweet and sour/polski orgorki gherkins. Only thing is I’m not sure how well they match up with any bacon element to the burger.

So for me, it’s best to keep things simple. Good quality ground mince, onion (preferably with a little garlic through it), thin slices of tomato and cheese, sliced pickle and a little mustard, encased in a couple of chunks of crusty bread. Too easy.

Jordo Jordo 8:42 am 31 Mar 11

The ultimate burger is the over 1 pound Juicy Lucy, see http://www.jordoschopshop.com/jordos-juicy-lucy.html yeh baby!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:27 am 31 Mar 11

LSWCHP said :

georgesgenitals said :

I quite like a good fur burger.

Sorry GG, but you are now doomed, of course, to burn in hell for that one.

Why? For being a generous lover?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:42 pm 30 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

I quite like a good fur burger.

Sorry GG, but you are now doomed, of course, to burn in hell for that one.

knuckles knuckles 9:00 pm 30 Mar 11

My all time favourites were the Burgers with cheese and bacon from Ralphs van at the BP Servo in Phillip. Not sure what he did to his mince but he would have it in a big tub and use an ice cream scoop to throw it on the hot plate. Stagger up from Honey’s nightclub at 3am, order a burger and then stagger home to Curtin. Those were the days.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:28 pm 30 Mar 11

I quite like a good fur burger.

INFP INFP 4:55 pm 30 Mar 11

Requesting that someone design a decent vegetarian burger…. one without a mashed up fried patty of god-knows-what as the main burger feature.

A little creativity with the abundance of vegetable options to use wouldn’t hurt 😛

Mothy Mothy 4:54 pm 30 Mar 11

For a beef burger, find me a patty that has some pepper, onion, and parsley in it. Get a slice of Swiss, and sandwich that sucker between said patty and some well cooked crispy bacon. Apply sauce to the meat. Add some beetroot, grated carrot, lettuce or baby spinach (anything BUT rocket), and finish with a slice of tomato.

If you’re adventurous, take out the beetroot and instead, cut a pickle thinly and throw that in.

For a chicken burger: Quit stuffing about. Avocado, chicken breast, bacon, cheese. End.

There’s beetroot on the chicken burger in that photo. Now, I don’t agree with Chewy14 @ #8 and dearly love a bit of beetroot on a beef burger, but with chicken? Someone’s jumping the shark.

Saw that episode where Heston tried to create the perfect burger. Thought he did an excellent job of taking all the fun out of it. A burger is an exercise in indulgence, where you suppress that protesting part of your brain that says “excuse me, but that’s not good for you, might I suggest a nice lean beef salad and a glass of water?” and get right in there. Take that much time to do prep, and that better part of your mind might win – or that part that says “get takeout”.

This is why burger joints WORK. No need for prep, just decide & devour.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 4:49 pm 30 Mar 11

“If in doubt, ask Heston Blumenthal”

Certainly takes the fast food element out of hamburgers.

Snarky Snarky 4:34 pm 30 Mar 11

Pommy bastard said :

If in doubt, ask Heston Blumenthal

Buns: [snip]

An excellent response to which I’d just make one small amendment:

Before proceeding, pop down to Central Cafe in Fyshwick and ask the bloke behind the counter for “burger with the lot”. Wait for 5 minutes and enjoy the best burger to be had for kilometers around. Beetroot is essential, and included gratis.

chewy14 chewy14 4:23 pm 30 Mar 11

Troll Sniffer,
Get rid of the beetroot.
I know it’s meant to be Australian tradition but just like Vegemite is a disgustingly awful spread, so too is beetroot on a burger.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:06 pm 30 Mar 11

If in doubt, ask Heston Blumenthal


For the pre-ferment
400g/14oz Canadian very strong bread flour
1g/¼oz fast-action bread yeast
400g/14oz cold water

For the dough
700g/1lb 8¾oz pre-fermented batter
200g/7oz free-range egg yolks (approximately 10 eggs)
60g/2¼oz water at 20C
400g/14oz Canadian very strong bread flour
100g/3½oz unrefined caster sugar
70g/2½oz skimmed milk powder
15g/½oz table salt
14g/½oz fast-action yeast (2 sachets)
60g/2¼oz browned butter, strained and at room temperature
30g/1oz grapeseed oil
35g/1¼oz Trex, at room temperature (available at supermarkets, Trex is a vegetable fat used for pastry and bread)
For the egg wash
50g/1¾oz whole free-range eggs
20g/¾oz free-range egg yolks
dash water
pinch salt
sesame seeds, as needed

For the burgers
625g/1lb 6oz beef chuck
25g/1oz salt
1.2kg/2lb 10¼oz short-rib meat, minimum 30-day dry-aged
625g/1lb 6¼oz beef brisket

For the cheese slices
750ml/1 pint 7fl oz Manzanilla sherry
9 garlic cloves
8 black peppercorns
6 sprigs fresh thyme
16g/½oz sodium citrate (available from chemists)
850g/1lb 14oz Comté cheese

For the tomato concentrate
3kg/6lb 9¾oz tomatoes, very ripe
salt, as needed

For the finished burgers
250g/8¾oz butter
8 sliced buns
16 cheese slices
grapeseed oil, as needed
8 hamburger patties
table salt, as needed
tomato concentrate, as needed
mustard, as needed
mayonnaise, as needed
pickles, as needed
3 of the reserved tomatoes, each cut into 8 slices
½ onion, sliced thinly and the rings blanched for 20 seconds in boiling water
1 head crisp lettuce, such as iceberg

You will need the following special equipment: food mixer with dough hook, very coarse sieve, meat grinder, large cast-iron pan, digital probe.

1. Tip the flour into your mixing bowl and add the yeast.
2. Using a dough hook, begin mixing on low speed and gradually pour in the water until it has all been added.
3. Continue mixing on medium speed until a very liquid batter has formed.
4. Pour this batter into a clean, dry container (at least four times bigger than the volume of the batter). Cover and leave in a cool place for 24 hours to ferment.

1. After 24 hours, weigh out 700g/1lb 8¾oz of pre-fermented batter and put it in a mixing bowl with a dough hook attachment. Add the egg yolks and the water and begin mixing on a low speed until the dough is homogeneous and very liquid again (approximately two minutes).
2. Sift the flour, sugar, skimmed milk powder, salt and yeast into a separate bowl through a very coarse sieve (this will help prevent them forming lumps when added to the dough). Stir to combine. If a suitable sieve isn’t available, simply stir the ingredients together.
3. Gradually add the sifted ingredients to the dough while continuing to mix on slow speed. Once all have been added, increase the speed to medium and mix for another 2-3 minutes. The dough will look very sticky and wet.
4. Brown the butter in a pan until it develops a very nutty aroma, then strain it and discard the butter solids.
5. Add the browned butter, grapeseed oil and Trex to the dough and continue to mix for another 3-4 minutes, until well combined.
6. Stop the mixer and let the dough sit for ten minutes to absorb the water, then continue to mix on medium speed for another four minutes.
7. Cover the dough and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
8. In the meantime, cut a piece of baking parchment to fit a large baking sheet.
9. Cut eight sheets of aluminium foil 50cm/20in long. Fold the sheets of foil in half in the shorter direction, then continue to fold in half until you have an aluminum strip 1cm/½in wide and 50cm/20in long. Tape one end of the strip to the other with a bit of overlap to form a ring approximately 12cm/5in in diameter. Repeat this process with the other sheets of foil.
10. When the dough has chilled, weigh out eight 85g/3oz portions. Any remaining dough can be wrapped up and frozen to use another time.
11. Lightly flour your hands and quickly roll each piece of dough into a small ball using the palm of your hand. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and place a foil ring around each one.
12. With wet hands, lightly pat the balls flat, then cover the baking sheet with cling film to prevent the dough from drying out.
13. Set the dough aside in a warm place (between 18-22C), for 1½-2 hours to let it prove.
14. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 225C/425F/Gas 7, and mix all the ingredients for the egg wash except the sesame seeds.
15. Using wet hands, lightly flatten the dough balls within the foil rings.
16. Just before baking, pour some water into a tray and place at the bottom of the oven to make it lightly steamy. (This will prevent the buns from cracking on the surface and developing too thick a crust).
17. Bake the buns for seven minutes, then remove from the oven and brush the tops with the egg wash. Generously cover each one with sesame seeds.
18. Return to the oven for a further seven minutes, or until the buns are done. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

1. Cut the chuck into 3 x 3cm/1 x 1in cubes and toss with the salt in a bowl. Cover with cling film and store in the fridge for six hours. The salt will penetrate the meat during this time and begin to draw out some of the moisture.
2. In the meantime, cut the short-rib and brisket meat into 3 x 3cm/1 x 1in cubes and combine the two.
3. Using a meat grinder with a 3mm plate, grind the short-rib and brisket twice. Refrigerate this meat until very cold.
4. Combine the cold ground meat with the cold diced chuck and mix well.
5. Before you begin the final grinding, place two layers of cling film across a chopping board or baking sheet and position under the mouth of the grinder.
6. Using a coarser, 8mm plate, pass the meat mixture through the grinder. This will retain some larger pieces of the chuck.
7. As the meat comes out of the grinder, have a second person use their hands to lay out the strands of meat on the cling film. Try to keep the grain of the individual strands running lengthwise in the same direction without getting tangled together. To do this, start laying the meat down at the edge of the sheet furthest from the grinder and work across to the closest edge.
8. Wrap the meat up tightly in the clingfilm, twisting the ends in opposite directions to form a log shape. Prick a few holes in it with a pin to release any air pockets trapped inside, then continue to twist the ends to tighten until the log is about 12cm/5in in diameter.
9. Wrap the log in another layer of cling film to keep it from coming apart, and refrigerate until needed.
10. When the meat has chilled thoroughly, place the still-wrapped log on a cutting board and use a very sharp knife to cut slices about 150g/5¼oz in weight. (The cling film helps to keep the meat from falling apart.) Place the finished patties on a baking sheet and refrigerate for later. If you have more patties than you need, they can be individually wrapped at this point and frozen until needed.
11. To finish the patties, take each one between the palms of your hands and gently press into a burger shape the same diameter as the bun and 2cm/¾in thick. Take care to keep the grain of the meat running in the same direction.
12. Cover the burgers with cling film and refrigerate until you are ready to cook them.

1. Combine the sherry, garlic, peppercorns and thyme in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
2. Remove from heat and allow the ingredients to infuse for ten minutes.
3. Strain the infused sherry, then allow it to cool.
4. Pour 500ml/18fl oz of the cooled and infused sherry into a pan and whisk in the sodium citrate.
5. Shred the cheese and add to the liquid in small amounts, whisking each addition until it melts and you have a very smooth, fondue-like texture.
6. Pour the liquid cheese on to a large sheet of baking parchment and quickly use a spatula to spread it into a layer about 3mm/1/8in thick. Cool completely.
7. Using a circular cutter or a knife, cut pieces about 10cm/4in in diameter and refrigerate until needed.

1. Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop the pulp and seeds into a bowl. Avoid damaging the central veins, so that the sliced tomatoes retain their form. Reserve some of the tomato halves for garnish.
2. Press the pulp through a very coarse sieve to remove any seeds and large pieces of flesh and core.
3. Pour the liquid into a pan and reduce at a simmer until the liquid takes on a thick, ketchup-like consistency. Stir often as the concentrate thickens, and lower the heat to avoid burning it.
4. Season with a little salt. The taste will be very intense, but when spread on the buns, it will really enhance the meaty flavours of the burger.

1. Brown the butter until it develops a very nutty aroma, then strain it and discard the butter solids.
2. Slice the buns in half and brush the cut sides with the browned butter. Place under a hot grill to lightly toast them.
3. When the buns have a nice golden colour, remove them and place a cheese slice on each cut side. Set these aside, but keep the grill on.
4. In the meantime, place a large cast-iron pan over a high heat until very hot – about 5-10 minutes.
5. Drizzle a layer of the oil into the pan, then add the patties, being careful not to overcrowd them.
6. Flip the patties every 30 seconds. This helps create a wonderful crust and even heat gradient, mimicking the action of a rotisserie, which helps to get edge-to-edge, medium-rare meat while still forming a nice seared crust.
7. When a crust has formed on both sides, usually after about two minutes (the patties will be rare; if you prefer them more cooked, increase the cooking time), remove the burgers from the pan one at a time and use a digital probe to check the temperature. If the meat is above 52C, transfer the burgers to a warm place to rest. Keep the pan hot.
8. Finish the buns by placing them back under the grill until the cheese slices have melted.
9. Remove the buns from the oven and spread with some of the tomato concentrate, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, sliced tomatoes, blanched onions and lettuce.
10. To finish, brush the burgers with the browned butter and quickly sear both sides of them in the hot pan for about 15 seconds. Remove from the pan and blot any excess juice with kitchen paper. Place the burgers on the prepared buns, sandwich together and serve right away.


Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:01 pm 30 Mar 11

On the way back on Saturday from my first cycle out to Lake George (epic ride…) the burger with the lot at Eagle Hawk was outstanding.

And I say that from the perspective of someone who grew up (well spent a couple of years) in a takeaway shop my folks owned, making my own burger with the lot most nights for dinner.

EvanJames EvanJames 3:24 pm 30 Mar 11

Proper bread for the buns. I think it was the 70s when I last had proper buns, and not these modern things that crumble away to nothing.

imarty imarty 3:23 pm 30 Mar 11

Whatever bacon is used make sure it’s Australian and not imported.

molongloid molongloid 2:48 pm 30 Mar 11

What would make my ultimate burger? A place that’s open late at night for a start.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 2:33 pm 30 Mar 11

Patty made from a spicy freshly made mound of mince, gently and meticulously hand devolved into a spherical portion, squashed flat onto a lightly oiled cooking plate with a professionally deployed stainless steel spatula,

A smattering of freshly sorted green salad, incorporating such delicacies as iceberg lettuce, baby spinach and roquette.

A slice of a ripe grosse lisse tomato at least 7mm thick, underlying a 4mm thick slice of beautiful dark beetroot and a thin but empirically perfect slice of onion.

A double layer of the finest smoked rindless bacon cooked beside the beef patty until just crispy, then placed tenderly atop the once-turned patty and allowed to absorb the fat and smoke from the still-cooking patty until its time to join the party at the bun has come.

A lightly toasted but nevertheless slightly singed to black around the edges white bread seeded bun, minimum diameter of 110mm, cut expertly slightly below dead centre, but not through, so the lid retains its hinge, into which is placed the patty with its rider of tasty bacon and a quick and generous but not offensive amount of tomato sauce mixed with just a hint of chilli to add a little excitement, the smattering of green, deep enough to satisy the nutritionists but not so much that it interferes grossly with the closing of the lid, the ensemble of tomato, beetroot and delicate onion, on top, and served not in an excruciating polystyrene container, but quickly and efficiently wrapped in a square of good old coated paper, with the corners twisted expertly to shape the paper to the hamburger within.

Asking too much? I don’t think so… if they could make ’em in the sixties I’m damn sure they could make ’em just as well today!

kezzafezza kezzafezza 2:20 pm 30 Mar 11

I’ve been waiting for a Grill’d to come to Canberra ever since discovering my local one at Highpoint in Melbourne when I lived

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