In honour of Barack Obama winning the presidential election, my housemates and I decided to celebrate in true American style; by making some of the biggest burgers known to man!
For the baps;
- 500g white bread flour
- 250 ml lukewarm water
- 11/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 x 7g sachet of yeast
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor with dough hook attachment and mix for five minutes
- Add a little more water if needed until the dough forms into one mass
- Let the dough rise in the foor processor for an hour or until doubled in size
- Take your dough out of the food processor and split in half and in half again, then mould each of the four pieces into a ball shape
- Oil a baking tray and set the four balls on it, with another drizzle on top
- Cover in cling film and set to rise for another hour or so
- Bake in the oven at 200 Celsius for 30 mins
Burger bap dough
Burger baps out of the oven
I timed the baps around Liverpool playing Anzhi Makhachkala in a Europa League game. I made the dough just before kick off, formed the balls at half time, then baked them at the end of the game. It made what turned out to be a boring game into a fun experience and the timings were spot on. For flatter baps, press down on the dough balls with the palm of your hand just before putting them in the oven. I myself like big round baps so I didn’t press down too much.
For the burgers;
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and diced
- 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- 500g beef mince
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prep your first four ingredients and put them in a large mixing bowl
- Add the beef mince, some salt and pepper and mix with your hands
- Separate the mixture into three or four patties and fry on a medium heat until cooked all the way through (ie no pink)
- Add cheese and place under the grill until melted if you like
This made three generous sized patties, but would have stretched to four if neccessary. I brought out the best and gave my bap a good dollop of Hellmans mayonnaise, as well as a handful of baby spinach leaves. We had some boiled corn on the cob and grilled streaky bacon as well – elections do only happen every four years after all!
Chopped red onion and garlic
Obama victory dinner
If you’re reading this Mr President, congratulations on winning the election, and thank you for inspiring us to make this feast!