For those of us that still remember when Elvis was alive, we also remember the fact that he obviously enjoyed eating. One of his favorite meals was a burger, and this recipe will bring it back to life for all of you who want to enjoy it.
The recipe itself is rather simplistic, but make sure that you follow the instructions carefully. It has a lot of different flavors that will simply leave your mouth watering, long after you enjoy eating it. This is a hamburger that is not to be missed.
1 dried red chili
½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 sprig fresh tarragon, leaves picked and chopped
1 large free-range egg
1 handful breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Parmesan, freshly grated
1 good pinch ground nutmeg
400 g beef mince
Oil, for frying
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cos lettuce
4 plum tomatoes
4 ciabatta rolls
4 large pickled gherkins
Parmesan cheese may seem a little unusual in this recipe, but it really gives the burgers a great flavor – give it a bash.
Grind up the red chili in a pestle and mortar, and mix it in a bowl with the onion, tarragon, egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, Parmesan, nutmeg and beef. Shape into four patties and refrigerate for half an hour or so to give them a chance to firm up slightly.
When you’re ready to cook the burgers, get a frying or griddle pan nice and hot. Brush the pan with a little oil, season the burgers generously with salt and pepper, and cook them for 10 minutes, turning them carefully every minute or so, until they’re nice and pink and juicy, or longer if you like them well done. Make sure they don’t break up as you turn them.
Meanwhile, roughly chop the lettuce, tomato and cucumber, mix together and set aside. Once the burgers are cooked, split the rolls into two and toast them quickly on the griddle or in a toaster. Sandwich the cooked ‘Elvis’ burger between the toasted rolls and serve them on individual plates with the gherkins and some of the chopped salad (add a little extra virgin olive oil or dressing if you like) on the side.