Heston’s Hamburgers

June 9, 2011

Am I overloading you with burgers? I dearly hope not. I appear to be on a burger kick of late. Today I am introducing Heston Blumenthal‘s Hamurgers, so it’s a bit special. I gave this photo a little retro effect, just for kicks.

Do you remember when I mentioned that my Dad made Heston’s Hamburgers? Many of you were keen for me to post about these luscious, indulgent burgers, so, without further ado, here they are (recipe links 1 and 2 – two for good measure).

You can thank my Dad for these babies – he went to the effort of happily labouring over the components to create this fantastic meal as a welcome home for Ben and I after our month travelling Asia.

Dad took quite a few liberties with the recipe and skipped a number of steps due to sheer lack of time. Here are our notes about Heston’s burgers…

The cheese was not your average slice, it is infused with sherry, garlic, peppercorns and thyme, and spiked with sodium citrate. Dad was disappointed with the cheese, as he felt the sherry flavour dominated. It thought it was absolutely delicious! Very thin and soft, just beautiful.

Dad opted not to make the buns, for lack of time. He used fresh, crusty rolls instead and they worked fabulously.

After a rather intense discussion with his Butcher, Dad used minced beef rump rather than Heston’s meat assembly. His Butcher was more than pleased to mince the meat as Heston suggested, and Dad was thrilled with the flavour and texture. The patties were the superb. The meat was well-marbled, which is why it was oh so incredibly, unbelievably juicy.

Never before have I come across such a perfect example of the definition, melt-in-your-mouth…and boy did they ever.

The tomato concentrate was really lovely, as were the other additions such as pickles. A pickle never goes astray…

Jackson, my brother, was clearly in lust with his burger.

Despite the extra effort required of this recipe, Dad said it was a pleasure to jazz up a classic gem, like a burger. He said it inspired him to think about burgers in a different way, and to dream up other creations. I agree, it’s a lot of fun to view old favourites in a new light. I encouraged him to further experiment with burgers…provided he makes them for me, of course.

Heidi xo

  • Lisa June 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

    oh my – this looks delightful!

  • Michelle Chin June 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Ooh familial bonding!

  • Lisa June 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I watched that episode where Heston made the burgers, I'm impressed that your Dad took it on. My mother and I agreed that we could never bring ourselves to go to that level of effort for a burger, they are our relaxed meals.

  • Blithely Unaware June 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    YUM!!!

    We saw this episode too, must give the recipe a go when Hamish has time off in 2057. HA!

  • Hannah June 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Sherry cheese! Wow! I've had goat's cheese that had been rubbed in red wine whilst… curing?! but even then the flavour wasn't strong.

  • Heidi June 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Lisa – thanks!

    Michelle – bonding over burgers 🙂

    Lisa – I know what you mean, I do love a relaxed burger too 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – awe 🙁 I know what you must be going through. It sucks! But yes, in 2057, do make these burgers.

    Hannah – sherry cheese! I know, something v different. And wonderful!

    Heidi xo

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook June 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I'm reading this before dinner and I can now hear my belly grumbling… Your Dad is a superstar in my eyes, trying something many would only dream of – replicating one of Heston's recipes!!!And shortcuts are good, make it manageable for home cooks.

    Too bad we are having a fridge and freezer soup for dinner tonight. 🙁 Maybe I should wander down to Grilled…

  • The InTolerant Chef June 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Oh how yummy! Although I've got the book, I've not got around to making any of Heston's Perfect recipes yet. Good on you Dad!

  • leaf (the indolent cook) June 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This sounds like a real treat! I have a Heston book but I'm too lazy to make anything from it. :p

  • Sherilyn @ Wholepromise June 10, 2011 at 7:19 am

    This looks delicious and your father is a goer by the sounds. Good on him. I am sure they were enjoyable.

  • Heidi June 10, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Martyna – mmmm Grill'd 🙂 yes Dad is a superstar, and I agree, shortcuts are not so bad!

    InTolerant Chef – He's quite great 🙂

    leaf – it's a great book to just look at, though!!

    Sherilyn – they were very enjoyable 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Well done for your dad! I wonder if I could persuade Mr NQN to make these? He likes Heston but has found it difficult to make some other recipes of his. This one looks doable and delicious! 🙂

  • FOOD June 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    "Melt in your mouth" yum yum.

  • Heidi June 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Lorraine – oh so doable and delicious!!

    FOOD – indeed 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Funny, but I'm really not used to eating burgers (in a roll). My mom made them sometimes when I was a child, but we ate them with vegetables and things like potatoes. From a plate, with knife and fork.

  • Heidi June 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

    How interesting, Kath! We call patties eaten with salad, etc, rissoles, and often have them on the barbeque. A burger to use Aussies will always involve bread of some sort 😉 and tomato sauce! 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Ashley June 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, we have just been talking about burgers all day and now that I'm craving one, reading this post has not helped! Looks soooo delicious! 🙂

  • Anna Johnston June 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

    There is something about a burger isn't there, you can jazz 'em up or throw them together, I do like your Dads take on Hestons burger though… classy little gum leaf showing out the side there too. Nice touch.

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

    NOM!! another blogger and I are trying his perfect baked alaska in a few weeks… gonna take us 2 days o.O

  • Heidi June 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Ashley – oooh I'm there with you re the burger cravings!!

    Anna – hehe, thanks, Anna 😉

    Michele – wowsa, you're awesome, good luck!! Can't wait to see how it goes 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Carly Findlay June 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I saw these on Masterchef and they looked amazing, thank you for posting 🙂