Fiery homemade cheeseburgers

  • Serves 4

Give your cheeseburger recipe a spicy kick with this simple but delicious technique

Fiery Cheeseburgers

Recipe courtesy of Bord Bia



  • Minced beef 675g
  • Mild red chilli 1, seeded and finely chopped
  • Garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • Small onion 1, grated
  • Double cream 2 tbsp
  • Flat leaf parsley 1 tbsp, freshly chopped
  • Sesame bread rolls or baps 4, halved
  • Tomatoes 2, thinly sliced
  • Cheddar cheese 50g, cut into 4 matchbox shapes

For the lettuce mayonnaise

  • Mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Iceberg lettuce 50g, finely shredded
  • Cocktail gherkins 25g, finely chopped
  • Onion 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Step 1

    Place the minced beef in a food processor and add the chilli, garlic, onion, double cream and parsley. Season with a half a heaped teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper, then blitz until the meat starts to hold together.

  • Step 2

    Divide the mixture into four and shape around the cubes of Cheddar into 10cm flat discs, either by hand or pressing into a metal pastry cutter. Arrange on a flat plate, then cover loosely with clingfilm and chill for at least 1 hour to allow the mixture to firm up.

  • Step 3

    Preheat the grill or a barbecue with medium-hot coals and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side for medium.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, place the mayonnaise in a bowl and mix in the lettuce, gherkins, onion and mustard. Season to taste and mix well to combine.

  • Step 5

    Lightly toast the cut sides of the rolls under the grill or on the barbecue for 1-2 minutes. Cover the bottom half with a couple of slices of tomato and then sit the burger on top. Add a large spoonful of the lettuce mayonnaise to each one and cover with the top half of the bun. Serve immediately.