I am not a huge burger fan, but occasionally I do find myself craving a good burger. Since there are not many good burger places around here, we sometimes make burgers at home to satisfy our burger cravings. My boyfriend and I have different burger sauce recipes, and I particularly love the recipe from Nancy Fuller:
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon pickle relish
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Stir all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
This was the first burger we made at home, it was amazingly good. The beef patties were thick and juicy, and the lettuce and tomatoes were fresh and crisp. I added caramelised onions, cheese, jalapenos, a fried egg, and grilled mushrooms to give a different flavor to the burger. The buns were lightly toasted, and I spread the burger sauce on each side of the buns.
However, since we put in quite a lot ingredients in the burger, it turned out to be a little bit overwhelming. However, it was still a good burger!
After the first attempt, we learnt to keep it simple. The second attempt we only put beef patties, lettuce, tomato, cheese, jalapenos, and caramelised onions. This time we used our own burger sauce recipe of mustard, ketchup, gherkin relish, mayonnaise, little curry powder, and little salt and pepper to taste. This burger was fantastic, and we regularly have this whenever we feel like burgers.
I am embarrassed to say I live 10 minutes away from McDonalds but never tried their ‘create your taste’ burgers. Create your taste literally means you can build your own burger from endless variations. McDonalds rolled out the self-serve kiosks, which you can design your own burger.
First up is your choice of buns, then you pick the selection for cheese, followed by the meat or vegetarian options (Angus beef, bacon, egg, gracamole, mushroom and pineapple), then a variety of salads, and sauces. Note that you can choose up to three of every option!
After that, you can tap the combo option, and choose your sides and drinks.
I went for the toasted brioche style bun, McDonald’s classic cheese, 100% pure NZ angus beef, racher bacon, guacamole, grilled mushroom, and grilled pineapple. For the salads in the burger, I opted for lettuce, jalapenos, tomato, and caramelised grilled onions. To add a bit more flavour, I chose big mac special sauce (of course), and chipotle mayonnaise. I also added a salad on the side, and a coffee.
My boyfriend’s burger was huge. He chose the toasted baker’s bun, NZ natural swiss cheese, 100% pure NZ angus beef, crispy rasher bacon, and grilled mushroom. He picked all salad options, which were lettuce, jalapenos, tomatos, caramelised grilled onions, pickle, and red onion. He added herb aioli, chipotle mayonnaise, and tomato chilli jam (a must!) to the buger, also a basket of chips, and a drink on the side.
The food was hand-delivered by the manager to our table, the burger was placed on a wooden paddle while the fries were served in a wire basket. It was definitely different to the regular McDonald’s experience.
The burgers were crazily good, better than most of the burger places out there in our opinion. The beef was moist and juicy, all the vegetables and salads were full of flavour. Not to mention, the burger bun was incredibly soft, yet held their integrity against all the fillings. The sauces also did a great job of providing that little extra touch of flavour.
All in all, we were surprisingly satisfied with the food and experience. My tip for you is to get grilled pineapple, which adds a little sweetness to the burger (if you’re into that). And for the sauces, go for something different, like the chilli jam or the herb aioli. You won’t regret it.