Autumn harvest burger with caramelised onion and apple

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
30g butter
2 sweet onions, sliced
2 tart green apples, diced
450g beef mince
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
5g chopped fresh thyme leaves
125g Dijon mustard
1 egg
110g seasoned breadcrumbs
4 large crusty rolls, split
60g mayonnaise
130g blue cheese
1) Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the hot pan and begin caramelising, stirring occasionally. After 4 minutes or so, add the apples to the onions and continue to cook until the onions are golden brown, about 6 more minutes. Remove from the heat when done.

2) While the onions and apples are cooking, blend together in a large bowl the beef mince, salt, pepper, thyme, Dijon, egg, and breadcrumbs. Be sure the ingredients are well incorporated, but don't over work. Form the mixture into 4 good-sized burgers.

3) Heat the griddle to medium-high heat. Place the burgers on the griddle and cook about 10 minutes per side, or until cooked through. As the burgers are finishing (after the first flip), spread mayonnaise on both cut sides of each split roll. Place the rolls on the griddle, mayonnaise side down, to toast for about 1 minute, or until golden.

4) Place each burger on the bottom half of a toasted roll. Top with about 1/4 of blue cheese, then with a generous scoop of the caramelised onion and apple mixture. Cover with the roll top and serve.

Cook's Tip: If you create a concave burger, with the centre thinner than the edges, when it cooks the burger won't swell up to look like a meatball, but will remain flat and patty-like.

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