This is a basic burger recipe that you can just tweak to fit your own favourite flavours and tastes. Like tarragon? Chop some up and mix it in. Or add a pinch of smoked salt, some chopped streaky bacon or stir in a pinch of mace.
Personally, I love garlic. It's a good source of calcium, vitamin C and some B vitamins. And I love its pungency - it transforms something ordinary and 'everyday' into something that tastes a bit like you're eating at a fine dining place. And watercress - it's rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium.
THIS is Burger Night, super-powered.
Garlic Beef Burgers with Fried Red Onion and Watercress
Makes 4 large burgers
400g good quality minced beef
good pinch of salt
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
small handful of fresh parsley
olive oil or your preferred cooking fat
1 small red onion
watercress, to serve
First, place the minced beef in a mixing bowl and sprinkle in the salt. Grate in the garlic cloves, using a fine (microplane-style) grater and then roughly chop the parsley and add it to the bowl. Mix everything together, but don't over-mix. Just get everything pretty much combined.
Heat a trickle of oil or other cooking fat into a frying pan, and divide the beef mixture into 4. Form into patties and fry them for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until fully cooked. Lift out onto a plate to rest, while you make the onion slices.
Peel and slice the onion and then tumble the slices with a sizzle into the pan you just fried the burgers in. Don't add any salt, or the onions won't crispen up the same. Stir-fry, on a medium/low heat, until browned and just how you like them - and then serve the burgers with the watercress (a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil is great here) and the fried onion slices on top.