Fast Recipes

Beef burger with blue cheddar and dill pickles

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast spring recipe for beef burger with blue cheddar and dill pickles.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
Beef burger with blue cheddar and dill pickles
Beef burger with blue cheddar and dill pickles

If you have the time, hand-mince your meat, or at least ask your butcher to mince good-quality beef for you on a coarse attachment. Use any pickle of your choosing but don’t go without – it’s an essential part of a superlative burger.


  • 1 white onion
  • 800 gm minced beef
  • 4 bread rolls
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 gm blue-vein cheddar, sliced (see note)
  • 4 baby cos lettuce leaves, torn
  • 1 vine-ripened tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 2 dill-pickled cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • To serve: tomato or barbecue sauce


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 150C. Grate half the onion into a bowl, add beef, season to taste and mix well to combine. Form into four patties and set aside. Thinly slice remaining onion and set aside.
  • 2
    Place rolls in oven to heat through. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick ovenproof frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add patties and turn occasionally until cooked medium (8-10 minutes). Top with cheese slices, transfer to oven and cook until cheese melts (2-4 minutes).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, halve rolls and layer lettuce, tomato, avocado, dill-pickled cucumber and reserved onion on bottom halves. Top with burger and serve with sauce to the side.


Blue-vein cheddar is available from select delicatessens and cheese stores. If unavailable, substitute cheddar or blue cheese or a combination of both.
This recipe is from the September 2009 issue of

  • Author: Lisa Featherby