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Smoky BBQ Cheeseburger

Everyone loves barbecue – proper barbecue that is, not the cremated excuses for sausages that we Brits trot out every time there’s a glimpse of sun. There’s something about the smoky wonderfulness that is BBQ that elevates any food, whether it’s meat or veggies, but not everyone has access to the means – or weather – to make really nice smoky, BBQ flavours. So this burger is a quick and easy way to get a smoky, flavoursome burger in the comfort of your own kitchen! By infusing the burger with a variety of spices – most lot of which you’d find in BBQ sauces – you can get that BBQ experience without having to worry about getting the barbecue out, or waiting for the elusive British sun to show itself. All you need is some basic ingredients and a little patience. This recipe will make two roughly quarter pounder sized burgers.

Smoky BBQ Cheeseburger

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 8 - 10 mins


  • 250g Beef Mince, min 10% fat
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • ½ tbsp Chilli Flakes (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 x Cheese Slices



Place the beef mince into a bowl and add all the dried ingredients and the Worcestershire sauce and combine them all really well into the mince with your hands.


Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours.


When ready to cook, remove the burger mince from the fridge and put a frying pan, coated in a little oil, over a medium heat.


Once the pan has heated up a little, place the burger mince into the pan and flatting it down to around ½ to ¾ inch thickness.


Cook the burger for around 4 minutes on each side, turning occasionally. The burger will start to char a little due to the sugar, but that's okay!


Towards the end of the cooking time, place a couple of cheese slices over the burger and cover it with a saucepan lid (or foil) until the cheese is slightly melted.


Serve the burger in a bun with accompaniments of your choices, and enjoy!

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