Ketchup is a must have in my kitchen cupboard, it may seem insignificant to some but it's make or break for so many meals. I am one of those people who hate tomatoes, but loves that little red bottle of tomato goodness. Another thing I love is burgers, so when approached to make a ketchup themed recipe to celebrate the launch of Homeserve's new lifestyle blog - aptly titled Ketchup - I was pretty damn excited to see that my challenge was a gigantic Insanity Burger.
Large red onion
Splash of white wine vinegar
4 Brioche burger buns
These burgers are far from complicated, but the finished product is pretty mouthwatering. To start, divide the mince in to four and roll in to a ball. Flatten each piece down to make the patty then chill in the fridge on an oiled plate until ready to cook.
In a small bowl I mixed together some ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and a touch of Worcestershire sauce to make a burger sauce - which also works very well with sweet potato fries! Separately, I mixed some mustard with a dash of Tabasco to create a sort of glaze for the burgers.
Then, I sliced the red onion and decided to fry it on a low heat to soften it slightly. I added the white wine vinegar and a touch of salt before mixing it with a bit of the burger sauce to create a relish of sorts.
Whilst I was sorting out the rest of the meal, I tasked my brother with cooking the burgers. Luckily I live in a house of good cooks! He seasoned the burgers with olive oil, salt and pepper before popping them in to a large non stick pan to cook. After 1 minute, flip the burgers and brush the cooked side with the mustard & Tabasco mixture and wait another minute before repeating on the other side. Continue to flip the burgers until cooked evenly. Whilst this is going on, cook your bacon in a frying pan or on the grill to top the burgers.
Now, the burger assembly is a very delicate process. These guys are big and messy, with lots of juicy goodness that will probably spill everywhere. I gently toasted each half of a brioche bun in a grill pan, then coated the bottom half in some of the burger sauce. This was then topped with lettuce, the burger, bacon, gherkin, cheese and a big dollop of the onion relish before being finished off with a blob of tomato ketchup - what else?
You can check out some other ways to use ketchup in the kitchen over on the Ketchup blog. I'm thinking about adding it to my usual pulled pork recipe to see how that works out! Do you have any other yummy uses for ketchup?
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