We’re usually just having random meat for BBQ, so I decided to spice things up a bit by making a couple of healthy juicy burgers for my family – yeah, you heard that right, healthy! I must apologize because I didn’t take pics in between steps, however, these steps are basically a copy/paste of what Gordon Ramsay is doing in his video tutorial.
What I probably did do different is, that I added a bit more cheese than Mr. Ramsay does. I had put cheddar below and on top the burger patties.
Rewind. Did he say healthy? Wtf? – Yeah, let’s see why my version of this burger is actually healthy.
- The buns are homemade from spelt flour.
- The meat (beef), I bought it straight from the farmer.
- The salad and the tomatoes are from my garden, where we never use pesticides.
- The onions are from my friends garden, also freshly picked.
If you are wondering, how much time all that took – quite a bit! Even to make the buns yourself, is a project on it’s own. Thank god my wife helps!
It’s basically a lot simpler to just buy stuff at the supermarket, but not as healthy, and definitely also affects the taste. I have a relative who has Diabetes and that was the main reason why on this occasion we’ve made everything healthier. Because if you are familiar with glycemic index (GI) you know that spelt bread has a lower GI value, than your typical wheat white bread. Meaning, it degrades into sugar slower.
There are also other benefits of using spelt, according to healthline.com:
Quote – “Whole grains, like whole spelt, are considered to be very healthy for most people. They are an important source of carbs, protein, fiber and essential nutrients like iron and zinc. People who eat the most whole grains have a lower risk of strokes, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. They are also more likely to maintain a healthier weight and have better digestive health.”
Without further ado, here is the video that I got the recipe from:
Simple, isn’t it?
Well not really. I think making burgers is all about the timing and attention to details. 2 people with same ingredients, can make a completely different set of burgers, having in mind the quality of the dish.
When I was making these juicy burgers for the first time, I almost cried ’cause I completely ruined it. But my second time was a BIG success 🙂
Here are 5 things to look after when making a burger:
- High temperatures: Make sure your grill is hot, like really hot. You need that Maillard reaction for those burgers to stay juicy.
- Be organized: Have everything prepared and well organized before starting to grill anything. You won’t have time once you start building up layers, and you’ll end up burning something or having cold burgers.
- Salt & pepper: Season, season, season – I know everyone thinks that Ramsay is over seasoning in the video above, but trust me, it won’t end up being too salty.
- Don’t burn the buns: Mind that the buns are done in just few seconds (like 30 seconds on one side), be very careful not to burn them.
- Move the burgers as less as possible: Don’t try to turn the burger patties around too fast or too many times, the meat will fall apart. Let them stay on one side for 2,5 minutes, and only then, you turn them.
- Visualize all steps before starting: The meat (burger patties) should be the last thing you take off the grill (timing)!
- A helper: Have a helper building up those layers, while you can focus on the grilling part.
And that’s it.
Below you can find the recipe, with the ingredients and all the steps you need to take for making a perfect hamburger. But I always say, no recipe should be a complete replica, so try to be creative and do something “your way”. Let me know how you improved it. And for crying out loud, share your delicious burgers with us! (Yes, the PHOTOS!) 🙂
Can’t wait to see how yours turned out to be.
Thanks, and have a nice day!
Gordon Ramsay Burger Recipe
- BBQ Grill
- The burger patties
- Buns (preferably homemade)
- Fresh tomatoes
- Cheese (I prefer Cheddar, can be other)
- Mustard mayonnaise (or any other dressing you prefer)
- Prepare your ingredients (cut your tomatoes, lettuce leaves, onions, buns, cheese).
- Organize your workplace (systematically arrange the ingredients, equipment and tools around your grill)
- Season your burger patties (salt, pepper, olive oil)
- Put the patties on a hot grill (and don't move them for 2,5 – 3,0 minutes)
- Add the bottom halves of the bun on the grill, once they're done take them off.
- Start building layers – bottom bun half, mustard mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, + the slice of cheese.
- Turn your burgers around (one side should be done by now). Season with salt and pepper.
- After a minute, put cheddar cheese on the burger patties, while they're still on the grill.
- Put the onions on the grill.
- Put the upper halves of the bun on the grill.
- Take off the burger patties and put them directly on the top layer of your so-far build burgers.
- Put the grilled onions on as the next layer.
- And lastly, put the upper halves of the bun (which should still be hot) on the very top.
- Make your burgers stand together with hamburger BBQ skewers sticks.
- Serve and eat. Delicious!