Cookeville hamburger

Cookeville hamburger


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About this recipe: While this burger was not the common burger for this area, at least this was the place I lived, when I created its recipe. I grew-up eating bland burgers and know the UK has the worst burgers in the world. Hopefully we can change that here.

wdhish London, England, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, crushed, then minced as fine as possible
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 450g (1 lb) lean mince beef
  • 4 (1 oz) slices mild cheddar
  • 4 hamburger buns, freshly toasted, then lightly steamed

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Add oil to a frying pan and bring to a medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for additional 3 minutes. Remove onions and garlic from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled enough to handle mix onion, garlic, sage, black pepper, and mince beef together. Mix evenly.
  3. Once mixed separate into 4 burgers and cook in a frying pan on a low heat covered with a lid for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not remove the lid to press or check!
  4. Remove lid flip burgers and cover quickly. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and add cheese. Cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove burgers and add to bun.


* Never add tomato, raw onion, or lettuce. These flavors do not mix well. Instead try grilled mushrooms, sweet pickles (never dill), grilled onions, more cheese, or crisp sage bacon.
*Getting the cook times right means knowing your stove and getting the temperature right on the hob. You only want to flip the burger once and you want to keep the steam in the burger. Never press a burger unless you like bland dry burgers. I like to steam the buns when I add the cheese to the burger but timing is everything when you do this because too long and the bread is soggy but just right and it is amazing.

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Reviews (2)


Not what I was expecting, but very tasty! I'm not one for following recipes exactly, so this was no different. I used a whole red onion and 2 cloves of garlic and I blitzed them to a mush, with 3 tablespoons of oil. Then added the pepper and sage, before gently frying for two or three minutes. I'm not one to make extra work for myself, the onions would normally go in the meat first, but I could see the value of a quick pre fry, so I did it. I added the mince, mixed and shaped to four burgers, then started the slow cook with the lid on. After 15 mins, the burgers were boiling in their own broth! I turned them and left the lid off a bit (I was using 12% fat mince just for reference) and the meat and onion obviously gave off a lot of water. The liquid reduced over that 5 mins and I added the cheese. 4 mins later the liquid had almost gone and the cheese was melted. Served on a standard bun that I like with ketchup and mustard and it was surprisingly tasty. Very soft to the bite and tender. Moist and well cooked. I was pleasantly surprised. If you like crispy bits, or solid burgers, you will have to adapt the recipe to a higher temperature at the end. But to be fair, despite the extra 20 minutes or so more than it would normally take me, I felt it was worth the effort. Very nice thanks... - 17 Mar 2016


A backyard BBQ favorite - 03 Jan 2013

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