Your burger, your way! National Burger Day takes place on the 24th of August, and to pay tribute to the humble yet iconic burger, we will be celebrating burgers all month here at Rooks! August is, Rooks Burger Month!
So the big question first and foremost is – how do you like yours?
Do you like a classic bap – seeded or floured? Or perhaps you prefer a more indulgent brioche bun? Do you have all the topping from cheese to gherkins, onions and salad, to extra toppings like bacon, avocado, halloumi, blue cheese?
All these factors hold equal importance when it comes to building your perfect burger. Creating the right mix is paramount and the challenge is keeping it together, securely held in between your bun of choice. So what makes the best burger the best?
The bun is arguably one of the most important elements as it holds everything together, literally. You can’t have a burger without a bun. Therefore, it is important to choose wisely! The most common choices are seeded, floured, brioche, ciabatta or potato. A good burger bun needs to be sturdy, there is nothing worse than trying to enjoy your burger when it is falling apart and you’re losing out on important flavours.
Once you have your bun, next on the list is the meat. We are now spoilt for choice with the selection of burgers available. If classic beef is not your preference, you can have lamb, steak, pork or alternatively make your own using minced meat, and bind and season well. Burgers are easy to cook, but be sure not to overcook – no one likes a dry patty! BBQ or grilling creates that beautiful chargrilled effect, creating maximum flavour. Burgers can be quite fatty – but don’t worry, the fat adds to the flavour (it is actually recommended to opt for a 20% fat content if you are making your own) and lends itself when cooking so you do not need to use extra oil.
The choice of toppings is almost endless. With everything from the classic combination of lettuce, tomato, onions, gherkins, cheese and sauce, to fried egg, any and all types of cheese, bacon and even fruit!
We decided to put cheese into its own category because every burger should have at least one type of cheese, if not more! Why stop at just one! Grilled or fried halloumi adds a beautiful salty flavour and texture, you can’t beat the classic cheddar, and if you are looking for something a bit fancy why not try blue cheese or Stilton! You can also mix cheese into the mince if you are making your own, for extra gooey burgers.
The sauce brings all the ingredients together. Relish, cheese, mayonnaise or ketchup. You can even try combining different sauces.
What is your favourite burger? Share your favourite tips and flavours with us!