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Steve's Giant Tower Burger

Created by SteveA

A large burger stacked with toppings - melted cheese, spicy salsa, tomato and red onion.

3 people
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Prep time
20 minutes
Cook time
15 mins


  • 400g Extra Lean Minced Beef
  • 4 thick slices cheese (cheddar, etc)
  • 6 large tomato
  • 1 large or 2 small red onion
  • 1 large (deseeded if required) Red Chilli
  • 1-2 teaspoons to taste smoked sea salt
  • Good grind course ground pepper
  • Couple of handfuls of leaves Iceberg Lettuce
  • 2 small or 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tblspns vegetable oil or groundnut oil
  • 1 tblspn olive oil
  • A splash to taste red wine vinegar
  • 3 tblspns Mayonaise
  • 2 cloves garlic

Recipe Method

For this recipe, I always try and get the leanest beef mince I can get, or better still, mince your own steak mince.

To make the salsa, chop up 4 tomatoes and place in a bowl, add a pinch of salt, pepper. Next slice the chillies, removing the seeds if you want less spice and add to the bowl. Finally dice a half of a red onion and add this, along with a dash of red wine vinegar, the garlic (crushed) and some olive oil.

Add the minced beef to a bowl, then add the egg yolk(s), smoked salt and pepper and mix well. Seperate the beef mince into 3-4 large balls, then compact these into burger sized patties. Put these aside in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight if possible to set.

Heat a frying pan or griddle pan till hot. Coat each burger with a oil on one side, then add to the pan. Fry the burgers for around 3-5 minutes depending on how rare you like them, then coat the top with oil (I use a silicon brush), and flip over and cook for the same time again.

Once the burgers are cooked, place on a grill rack, add the cheese and place under a low grill till the cheese has melted.

Add the burger rolls to the griddle pan and toast for 2-4 mins until you have golden brown ridges.

Slice the rest of the red onion into thin slices. Slice the remaining tomatoes into slices.

Add a good spread of mayonaise (add some garlic if you're not going out for a few days ;-)) to the top of the bun, add the burgers to the bottom bun, then add the sliced tomato, onion, salsa and torn lettice leaves. Serve !

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