Homemade burgers are far from fast food…

Homemade burgers are far from fast food…

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Homemade burgers are not fast food!

We live in Manukau, South Auckland and along the Great South Road, you can find pretty much every fast food outlet you can think of, all within a five-minute drive of our humble abode. If you look at the general populous in our neighbourhood, they’re partial to the odd burger or ten, so some may say its a little too convenient to have so many choices on their doorstep. In my opinion it’s all about a bit of self control.

I have to put my hand up and say I’m a sucker for a Whopper but I really do love to make burgers at home. Of course, it takes longer to get your chops around a juicy burger, but you know exactly what’s going into that burger, whether you’ve washed your hands after going the loo and of course, the satisfaction of being a burger flipperer in your own kitchen.

So, lets get flippin’.

Dad Cooks a Homemade Burger

Classic Cheeseburger with Onion Mayo


  • 500 gms lean premium beef 1 onion,
  • finely diced 2 cloves garlic,
  • 1 tablespoon crushed beef stock powder
  • 1 tablespoon Best Foods Mayonnaise (by far the best mayo)
  • ½ cup soft breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 onions finely sliced
  • Dash of balsamic vinegar (optional as the kids don’t tend to like this addition)
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • ¾ cup Best Foods Mayonnaise (did I mention this mayo rocks)
  • 4 slices swiss style cheese
  • Summer greens (optional)
  • 4 brioche style burger buns (other any other tasty buns you can get your hands on)


  1. Combine the beef mince with the onion, garlic, stock, mayonnaise and breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture into 6 and shape into generous patties and chill until required.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onions for 4-5 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add the balsamic, brown sugar and mustard, cook 2 minutes then cool. Fold cooled onion mixture into the mayonnaise.
  3. Heat the bbq grill or grill pan and cook the patties 4-5 minutes each side until well coloured and cooked through. Transfer the patties to an oven tray and top each with a slice of cheese. Cook the patties for 1-2 minutes more until the cheese is melted.
  4. Spilt and toast the buns, spread each with a little onion mayo mixture then arrange with a few green leaves (optional, as you might be able to tell, I’m not a bug fan of greens), top with the melting cheeseburger patties and finish with a spoonful of mustard-onion mayonnaise and cracked pepper. To make up for the lack of greens, we add some sliced tomatoes.
  5. Now serve up with some freshly cooked fries and never sit in line at the drive through again (haha just kidding).