Burgers are a popular staple in Argentina and you will often find them sold on street corners served simply with lettuce and tomato.
- 750 g (1 lb 11 oz) premium minced (ground) beef
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cheddar singles
- ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 sesame seed burger buns
- 1 large bunch parsley, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 spring onions (scallions), white and green parts, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
1. Place the mince, sea salt and pepper in a bowl and use your hands to combine well. Form the mixture into four equal-sized portions, then transfer to a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.
2. To make the spicy chimichurri, combine the parsley, garlic, spring onion and chilli flakes in the small bowl of a food processor and process until well combined. With the motor running, add the oil, followed by the vinegar, to make a thick green sauce. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
3. Preheat a grill (broiler) or frying pan over high heat.
4. Using wet hands, form each portion of beef into a patty. Use your hands to rub the oil over the patties. Place the patties under the grill or in the frying pan and firmly press down with a spatula to flatten. Cook the patties for 4 minutes, then turn over and top with the cheese singles and red onion. Cover loosely with foil and cook for a further 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat.
5. Slice open the buns and place a burger in each one. Top with a generous spoon of spicy chimichurri and serve.
Recipe from The Food of Argentina by Ross Dobson and Rachel Tolosa Paz, Smith Street Books, RRP $44.99. Photography Rachel Tolosa Paz.