<p>I have a confession to make. Everytime I stand in front of a large black board with all this different types of burgers to choose from, the story is the same “A cheeseburger please.” Which is pretty funny, mostly for the people who know me, man I like to complicate things in the kitchen. But not with burgers, I like to keep it pretty simple in that area. Of course the possibilities and combinations are endless. Some contain ghurkins, other cheese, some add bacon. Whatever it is, as long as it makes us happy and satisfied, right?</p>
First make the buns and sauces. Click on the ingredient list to get all the recipes needed. You can make all of those a couple of days in advance.
Mince the meat, or take your bought minced beef out of the refrigerator. If you are making our homemade buns, you will need around 180g / 0.4 pound of meat per each bun. To make a perfect round patty shape, use pastry rings 9cm / 0.4 inch in diameter. Fill every pastry ring with 180g / 0.4 pound of meat, don't press to much and lined them on a clean surface. If you don't have a pastry ring, don't stress out, you can make them by hand also.
Thinly slice the tomato, gherkins and lettuce. Set aside until needed.
Preheat a large griddle or frying pan for about 5 minutes on a high heat. Place the patties in the pan, when the pan gets very very hot. Lower the heat to medium high and grill it 3 - 4 minutes on each side, for medium. If you prefer your patties well done, grill them a bit longer.
To be 100% sure, you can use a thermometer to measure your meat temperature in the middle, to get it just the way you want it. For medium that is 54 - 56 °C / 130 - 135 °F.
Lightly press down on the patties, making sure they are in full contact with the griddle / pan.
When your patties are grilled on one side, turn them around, add slices of smoked bacon on sides of the grill. After a minute, add slices of cheese on top of each patty. Grill until your patties are ready. Slice the burger buns in half. Once the patties are ready, put bacon on the cheese on patties. Cover for 30 seconds so that the cheese is starting to melt. Transfer to a plate, clean the pan with a kitchen towel and lightly toast the halved burger buns.
Take the bottom of each bun and spread a spoon of mayonnaise over it. Add the sliced lettuce. Cover with a spoon of cocktail sauce. Place the grilled patty with cheese and smoked bacon over it. Add the thinly sliced gherkins and tomatoes. Cover all with a spoon of barbecue sauce for an extra spiciness. Cover with the other half of the bun, lightly press down, and it is ready to serve.
Of course you can layer it in a different way, add other components and get playful.