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  • Writer's pictureHarry Heal

Bacon Rarebit Burger

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

Now I love burgers, I've eaten hundreds if not thousands in my lifetime so when I came across this one in Jamie Oliver's '7 Ways' recipe book, I had to make it.

It was amazing, but personally the sour cream didn't do it for me. I don't know if that was a key ingredient to making it a 'Rarebit' burger but I would recommend an alternative if you choose to make this, which I'll put below.


- 3 chestnut mushrooms

- 125 grams of beef mince

- 2 rashers of streaky bacon

- 1 soft burger bun

- 2 heaped teaspoons of sour cream

- 1 sliced gherkin

- 25 grams of cheddar cheese (more if you want it properly cheesy)

- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.


Add your mince to a bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Roll into two equal sized balls and then flatten until about 1/2 cm thick. It's important that they are that thin as if they are too thick the burger will be too big to bite into (yes I did make this mistake). Lay your streaky bacon flat across the burger (add two per burger if you're feeling porky).

Leave to the the side whilst you remove the stems from your mushrooms and rinse them. Then add the mushrooms to a small pan with a little olive oil and salt & pepper. Whilst those are cooking get a second larger pan on a high heat and flash fry the burgers for two minutes per side. Bacon side down first.

Once your burgers are almost finished, remove the cooked mushrooms and add your bun to the pan to toast for 30 seconds. Once your burgers are done, add your grated cheddar to the pan with the Worcestershire sauce and stir until melted.

To assemble; add the sour cream to your bottom bun followed by your two burgers and then top with your mushrooms and gherkins. Pour over the melted cheese and there you have it!

As mentioned previously this was really good, but in my personal opinion a typical burger sauce would have made this outstanding.

Alternative burger sauce:

Equal parts of:

- American style mustard

- Mayonnaise

- Tomato Ketchup

- 1 finely chopped gherkin

- Quarter of 1 onion finely chopped

- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

- 1 teaspoon of pickle sauce.

Mix well and enjoy.

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