Rather Special Scotch Beef Burger

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


For caramelized onions
3 medium red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
25g unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar

For the burgers
600g coarsely ground Scotch Beef (Lean Scotch Beef mince can be used)
small red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, marjoram

4 Ciabatta buns, the olive ones are very good

For blue cheese dressing
100g semisoft blue cheese such as roquefort
100ml soured cream

To serve
Mixed baby salad leaves
1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices


1 Start with the caramelized onions. Fry the onions in the oil and butter over a gentle heat until transparent and soft (6 mins) then sprinkle on the salt and sugar and continue cooking, stirring from time to time until  golden and sticky and beginning to crisp at the edges. Set aside.
2 Mix together all the burger ingredients and season. Mixing them with your hands makes it easier. Shape into 4 burgers about 10- 12 cm diameter.
4 Heat the grill to its hottest setting and cook the burgers for 3-4 mins on each side for rare, 4-5 mins for medium and 5-6 minutes for well done.
Pop the split ciabatta buns under the grill to warm a little.
Load up the buns with a handful of salad leaves, a couple of tomato slices, a burger, a tangle of onions and a dollop of blue cheese dressing for those who'd like it

Kcals 587
Fat (g) 25.8
Protein (g  )42.5
Carbohydrate (g) 49.4
Sugar (g) 8.3
Salt (g) 1.7