Jamie Oliver's insanity burger

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35 min



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Jamie Oliver's insanity burger

Insanity burger. (Photo, David Loftus.)

I've used the brilliant technique of brushing the burgers with mustard and a dash of Tabasco Chipotle sauce as they cook to build up an incredibly gnarly layer of seasoning. -Jamie Oliver


  • 1 3/4 lbs ground chuck steak
  • olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 splash white wine vinegar
  • 2 large gherkins
  • 4 sesame-topped brioche burger buns
  • 4 - 8 slices of smoked bacon
  • 4 tsp yellow mustard
  • Tabasco chipotle sauce
  • 4 thin slices of Red Leicester cheese
  • 4 tsp tomato ketchup


  • 1/4 of an iceberg lettuce
  • 2 heaping tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp Tabasco chipotle sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  • 1 tsp brandy or bourbon


  • For the best burger, go to your butcher and ask them to grind 1 3/4 lbs of chuck steak for you. This cut has a really good balance of fat and flavorsome meat. Divide it into 4 and, with wet hands, roll each piece into a ball, then press flat patties roughly 5 inches wide and about 3/4 inch wider than your buns. Place on an oiled plate and chill in the fridge. Next, finely slice the red onion, then dress in a bowl with the vinegar and a pinch of sea salt. Slice the gherkins and halve the buns. Finely chop the lettuce and mix with the rest of the burger sauce ingredients in a bowl, then season to taste.
  • I like to cook only two burgers at a time to achieve perfection, so get two pans on the go – a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat for your burgers and another on medium heat for the bacon. Pat your burgers with oil and season them with salt and pepper. Put 2 burgers into the first pan, pressing down on them with a slotted spatula, then put half the bacon into the other pan. After 1 minute, flip the burgers and brush each cooked side with 1/2 teaspoon of mustard and a dash of Tabasco on the other side. Cook for 1 more minute, by which point you can replace some crispy bacon on top of each burger with a slice of cheese. Add a tiny splash of water to the pan and place a heatproof bowl over the burgers to melt the cheese – 30 seconds should do it. At the same time, toast 2 split buns in the bacon fat in the other pan until lightly golden. Repeat with remaining two burgers.
  • To build each burger, add a quarter of the burger sauce to the bun base, then top with a cheesy bacon burger, a quarter of the onions, and gherkins. Rub the bun top with a teaspoon of ketchup, then gently press together. As the burger rests, juices will soak into the bun, so serve right away, which is great, or for an extra-naughty experience, wrap each one in parchment paper, then give it a minute to go gorgeous and sloppy.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 694,