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A Decadent Burger

My friend Jake text me today, told me he'd been looking at all my pictures of food and decided that he wanted me to cook for him. I asked him what he fancied, and like any normal man, he answered with one word: MEAT. 

I had recently been browsing burgers on the internet when I came across Jamie Oliver's Insanity Burger and The Londoner's Brunch Burger, so I decided to combine the ingredients of the two and make my own.

Pre-warning to anyone attempting this: it takes quite a little bit of time, so set aside time in your day/evening to produce excellence. It all becomes worth it once you create this beauty. It has everything you need; juicy burger patties, streaky bacon, an oozing egg, and much more. This is by far the perfect hangover cure, so on a Saturday and Sunday when you have nothing to do, and quite frankly have zero energy to do anything, then grab up these ingredients and create a masterpiece.

Yes, my friends, that is a burger to be reckoned with. Two slices of ciabatta bread, stuffed with two beef patties, bacon, special jalapeño sauce, egg, and cheddar cheese. 


You start off with around 400 grams of minced chuck steak. Your best bet is to go to your local butcher if you have some and ask him to grab the freshest lot he can find, however, if you aren't able to do that, most supermarkets will sell exactly what you're looking for. Divide the chuck steak into four pieces, curl them all into tight balls and then flatten them out. About 2cm wider than your pieces of bread and 12cm wide.

Place them on the grille and start cooking those bad boys. Once they have cooked evenly on both sides, place your slices of cheddar cheese on top and allow to melt around them.

Whilst they are cooking away, you can get started on your special jalapeño salsa. Grab about 2 large jalapeño peppers and chop them up, chuck them in a blender with some coriander and a lug of oil and blend away.

Top tip: Get one of your attractive male friends to do all the hard cutting. 

Slice your sweet potatoes up in wedge shape and place them on a tray. Cover them in olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper, making sure they are all fully covered - so don't be too worried about getting your hands dirty. It's a messy job. 

Preheat your oven until 180 (celsius), 350 (Fahrenheit), or gas 4. Throw them in for about 30 minutes, or until nice and crispy. 

Heat up your pieces of ciabatta bread and spread some mustard on them. Then place your first burger with melted cheese on top. Start making your bacon on the same pan, as it can soak up the juices left from the patty. 

Next, top the first patty with streaky bacon and your jalapeño salsa. 

My friend Jake was not man enough for the salsa, so he opted out. Men! You can't take them anywhere!

Top this with your next patty covered in melted cheese...

...followed by a beautifully fried egg

and finish it off by adding some avocado (we have to get some health on this bad boy), and pushing your top piece of ciabatta down so that the yolk of the egg just oozes everywhere. Finish your plate off with some beautifully seasoned sweet potato fries and you are in for a treat. 

You're welcome.