Food & Drink
Is a burger a sandwich?
Who cares? Here's a burger recipe.
IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

A burger isn’t really difficult to do, but since the rise of Bouloud’s famed expensive version, chefs have been playing around with the recipe. While some variations are great (Umami Burger or Shake Shack’s), when you make one at home, just stick with a simple technique. Once you learn how to make a great burger base, then you can get adventurous and add different ingredients to top it off. Just please, no more foie gras.

Serves 4


  • 500 g ground chuck and 200 grams of ground short rib (you need 26% fat only)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 hamburger buns, thin, soft, toasted with bacon grease or butter

Use a cast-iron pan, get the oil nice and hot, cook the burgers until caramelized on both sides (three minutes each side), season with salt and pepper, top with thin-cut cheddar or any other cheese you may be using. Rest. Place in the bun and enjoy.

The size of the actual burger patty will depend on the sides of the bread and the type of person you are. Personally I like my patty to be slightly bigger than the bread and I like my bread to be thin, yet large enough to retain all the burger juices. If you have quality meat and bread, you don’t really need condiments but some tart, acid ingredients are always fun (pickles, mustard...).

This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Esquire Philippines. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

View More Articles About:
About The Author
Esquire Philippines
View Other Articles From Esquire PH
Latest Feed
The subject of an upcoming movie, the crime syndicate has roots as a government-backed anti-communist vigilante group.
A painting, presumably a boceto of "Spoliarium" by Juan Luna is about to be auctioned off on September 22, 2018, raising many questions about its authenticity and bringing public attention to the entire process of authentication.
These were the best looks from TV's most stylish night.
The second drop of Privé by BBH will be available this month.
“We had lunches together and he would just look at me like I was a creature from another planet.”
Revisit Patricia Evangelista's "The Darkness of Fear" from Esquire's May 2012 issue.
Singer, actor, and lifestyle writer Franco Laurel describes the ups and downs of a professional life that has taken him to many places, and how family can keep a man together.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us