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The Classic American Burger<

The Classic American Burger

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1.Mix the mince and egg together in a bowl with plenty of seasoning. Shape into 4 balls, then flatten into burgers, about 2cm thick. Put on a plate, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

2.Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6 and warm the rolls for 5 minutes. Preheat the griddle or barbecue. Split the rolls and toast the cut sides until golden. Brush the burgers on each side with a little oil, then griddle or barbecue for 4-7 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Pop a slice of cheese on to each burger as you turn them so it melts while the other side cooks. Halve the rashers and griddle or barbecue until crisp.

3.Spread mayonnaise over the bottom halves of the rolls and top with a few lettuce leaves, tomato and gherkin slices. Add the cheesy burgers, red onion, a squeeze of mustard and the crispy bacon, and finally the roll top.
500g beef mince
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
4 ciabatta rolls
Olive oil
Gruyère cheese, sliced
4 rashers streaky smoked bacon
Mayonnaise, for spreading
Leaves from a curly-leaf lettuce
Slices of tomato
Gherkins, thinly sliced
Slices of red onion
Classic yellow mustard
Sea salt and black pepper