Experiements, Recipe



I wanted to do something slightly different from the classic burger and I noticed that we had some Jalapeño and a little bit of Okonomyiaki sauce so created a new awesome burger.

You can also use a veggie patty instead of meat.

Ingredients for one burger

  • Burger buns
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1/8 of a Jalapeño (depending how hot you want it)
  • 1 gherkin
  • 5 cm piece of green onion
  • 150 gr of beef mince ( or beef/pork mix)
  • 1 tablespoon of Okonomyiaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1 cheddar slice

  1. Dice thinly the Jalapeño, gherkin and green onion.
  2. Mix all of it with mayonnaise. That makes your “Jalapenõnnaise”.
  3. Mix the barbecue and Okonomyiaki sauce together.
  4. Slice the onion and tomato.
  5. Form your patty, put some salt and pepper on it.
  6. Toast the buns.
  7. Cook it on high heat on both side until it gets golden brown.
  8. Put the barbecue/okonomyiaki sauce on it and caramelize it.
  9. Finally add the cheddar and cover it so it melts.
  10. Build the burger (bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun.
    2. Lettuce.
    3. Jalapenõnnaise.
    4. Onion slices.
    5. Tomato slices.
    6. Patty.
    7. Top bun.

Bon appétit!


The Barbecue Burger


It is not really a new burger but a different version of the “Classic” one.
You really need to do it on a barbecue to express all its potential.


Ingredients for a burger:

  • Burger buns
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 3 slices of cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 slice of tomato
  • Some lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon of thinly diced onion
  • 150gr of minced beef
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thaï seven spices
  • Chili powder
  • Chili flakes
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper

  1. Mix the diced onion with the mayonnaise
  2. Mix the minced meat with some thaï seven spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix a tablespoon of barbecue sauce with half a teaspoon of chili powder, half a teaspoon of chili flakes, half a teaspoon of paprika and half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  4. Form your patty and cook it on the barbecue.
  5. Toast your burger buns on the barbecue.
  6. Cook the bacon on the barbecue.
  7. When the patty is practically ready, put a slice of cheddar on top. Let it melt slightly and add on top the bacon and another slice of cheddar.
  8. When the cheddar is starting to melt, build the burger:
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Cheddar
    3. Barbecue sauce
    4. Patty/Cheddar/Bacon/Cheddar
    5. Onion mix
    6. Tomato slice
    7. Lettuce leaves
    8. Top Bun

Bon appétit!


The “Basta Pasta Mama Mia” Burger


It is a very simple burger but quite light and refreshing. I even tried to follow the colours of the Italian flag.

Ingredients for a burger:

  • 120gr of minced meat (I can be pure beef or a mix beef-pork)
  • A tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Lettuce
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 40gr of mozzarella
  • Burger buns

  1. Prepare the sauce first by crushing the basil leaves with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Add the mayo and mix it.
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes in four.
  4. Dice or mince the mozzarella.
  5. Make a very thin patty and cook it at very high heat in a pan with some olive oil.
  6. Toast the bums and build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Patty
    3. Basil mayonnaise
    4. Lettuce
    5. Mozzarella
    6. Tomatoes
    7. Top bun

Buon appetito!


The “Classic” Burger


This is my “simplest” burger: whenever anybody ask me for a burger without telling me what they want I make them this one.

Ingredients for one burger:

  • Burger buns
  • Burger cheese
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • 150gr of minced beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices (chili, paprika, cayenne …)

  1. Make a patty from the minced meet by forming a ball and throwing it from a hand to another until it gets smooth.
  2. Slice the lettuce and a tomato.
  3. Dice the equivalent of a quarter of onion and mix it with a tablespoon of mayonnaise.
  4. Mix the ketchup with some spices that you like. I generally use pepper, paprika, chili and cayenne pepper.
  5. Cook your patty as you like it (medium rare is the best for me) until it is practically ready, add a cheese slice on it while it is still in the pan and add a drop of water in the pan and cover until the cheese melt. This way you have a perfectly melted cheese.
  6. Toast the buns.
  7. Finally build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Cheese
    3. Ketchup mix
    4. Patty with cheese on top
    5. Onion mix
    6. Tomato
    7. Lettuce
    8. Top bun

Bon appétit!




What is biltong? Biltong is a South African cured and dried meat. Generally beef is used but it can be done with practically every meat.

It is pretty expensive to buy biltong outside South Africa, so I am trying to find a way to do it at home.

I tried with some lean and thin beef meat that I marinated in some Xérès vinegar – also called Sherry vinegar – with some black pepper, a lot of coriander grains, paprika and cayenne pepper. It marinated for 3 hours in the fridge.

For the drying, I used an oven that I preheated to 60°C with the “fan mode” and dried it for 5 hours.

Finally I sliced it in thin stripes.

It resulted in a pretty nice dried meat but not quite enough cured and not spicy enough. So I thing for the next try I will marinate it the same mix that I used this time but with some salt and I will do it over night. I think I should roll the meat in the spice mix before drying it.

I hope next time it will be good enough to be a recipe =)


Burger: El Mexicano

Burger El Mexicano 1

Translating the recipe of the Pepper Burger created a craving for burgers in me. Coupled to the craving for Mexican food, it created this burger and it was SO good.

Ingredients for 4 burgers:

  • 600 – 800 g of minced beef
  • 2 tomatoes
  • A small bell pepper
  • Some lettuce
  • 8 burger cheeses (I used some Cheddar-Emmental ones)
  • 2 onions
  • Burger buns
  • Ketchup
  • 50 g of beans
  • Hot sauce (I used the Habanero one)
  • Spices:
    • Chili mix
    • Paprika
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Black pepper

  1. Dice one of the onions and the tomatoes.
  2. Put a pan on medium heat and pour some oil.
  3. Cook the onion until it begins to be translucent and add the tomatoes and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. When the tomatoes look like a paste, add 2 tablespoons of ketchup, some hot sauce and the spices depending of your tastes.
  5. Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour your sauce in a blender and blend it until it have an homogenous texture.
  7. Slice thinly the bell pepper and grill it slightly.
  8. Slice the second onion and the lettuce.
  9. Toast the burger buns.
  10. Form the patty and cook them as you prefer.
  11. Finally build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Grilled bell pepper
    3. Cheese
    4. Beef patty
    5. Cheese
    6. Sauce
    7. Onions
    8. Lettuce
    9. Top bun

Bon appétit!

Burger El Mexicano 2


Burger: The Pepper Special

Burger poivre

It is very nice with some grilled potatoes.

Ingredients for 2 burgers:

  • 300 gr of minced beef ( or 220 if you prefer a thiner patty)
  • 1 onion
  • Burger buns
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 lettuce leaves (I used the iceberg one)
  • 4 slices of burger cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pepper sauce (Recipe here, make it thicker)
  • Some chive
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Toast the burger buns.
  2. Dice thinly the onion and mix it with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and some sliced chive.
  3. Slice the tomato and the lettuce leaves.
  4. Separate the minced meat in 2, and beat it until you get nice patties.
  5. Heat some oil in a pan.
  6. Salt and pepper the patties and cook them in a pan.
  7. When your patties are ready (it depends of how you like them), build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Onion-Mayonnaise sauce
    3. Lettuce
    4. Tomato
    5. Cheese
    6. Pepper Sauce
    7. Patty
    8. Cheese
    9. Top bun

Bon appétit!