Italian Mozzarella burgers.
I am sure I am not the first person to put cheese in the centre of a burger and I’m sure I won’t be the last. The reason this burger works so well is down to the texture when you bite into it and the fact you don’t need to put cheese in your bun! This recipe has been given an Italian twist, but another variation is to use substitute the beef for pork, use chopped apple and leeks in your mixture and replace the mozzarella with cheddar to get a uniquely English burger. With a summer full of barbecues and entertaining, it would be foolish to not make these burgers at least once and it will be nice surprise for your guests when they take their first bite!
• 500g beef mince
• 1 sm Red onion
• 1 Egg (free range)
• Mozzarella (ball)
• Sun dried tomatoes (handful)
• Basil (handful)
• Salt &pepper
• Splash of red wine
Finely chop the red onions and fry them up with some butter in a pan. Once softened, take them off the hob and let them cool down for ten minutes.
Next finely chop the basil and the tomatoes and mix them in a bowl with the mince, onions, egg, salt and pepper and a splash of red wine. Once they are all combined make 4 large patties and flatten them out so they are twice their final size.
Slice the mozzarella into discs 1.5cm thick, then place in the middle of the patties. Fold the sides of the patties over the mozzarella and shape into burgers.
Finally barbecue or fry up for 8 to 10 minutes on each side. The final result will be a nice, gooey cheese centre once you bite into your burger!