Home made Heston Burger Challenge – By Chris

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Burger Hunt, Recipes
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cooking 2 Coles now sells burgers patties made by Heston himself… Hmmm… Chris and I decided to make them and eat them. They were good. OK, It’s more complicated than that, and since I am clearly lazy, my good friend and fellow burger adventurer Chris – who also happens to have a cool blog http://allsignificantbattles.wordpress.com/ has decided to write the whole thing up and thus record the event for posterity. Below is his take on events – I’m might have edited a little bit here or there… Still think my burger was the best.. The Heston Burger Challenge Andrew says that he likes burgers as much as the next guy, as I’m often the next guy I have to agree. I love a good burger but I have to say that until Andrew started this challenge, my life was in a barren landscape where my burger experience was sorely lacking. I had tried all the supposedly good burger places, Grilled, Urban burger, Babu’s Ball Burgers on Chapel and they had all turned to ashes in my mouth. Especially Babu’s ball burgers…terrible and I was starting to feel that maybe burgers were something that I would never really enjoy again. But Andrew showed me there was a better burger way and he has been responsible for some of the best burger experiences of my life (Rockpool I’m looking at you). So I have thoroughly enjoyed going to some of the most rated burger places in Victoria. But given both Andrew and I are fairly handy in the kitchen we often talk about making our own burgers at home. What would our ultimate burger be like? What would you put on it? What cuts of meat would you use for the patty? What sauce would you use? What kind of bun would be perfect for your burger? Pretzel? Milk? Brioche? Well on Monday (The Queen’s Birthday) we decided to go halfway there. I say halfway because I had been taken with the new Heston range from Coles. Now I’ve been a Heston fan for a long time and was excited about him putting food that I might actually be able to eat into a supermarket I could potentially go to. But would it be any good? Could you make a truly great mass produced burger patty without sacrificing flavour or quality? The Heston range seems to be geared to for you making burgers; they have Heston’s specially prepared burger patty which is a steak patty that proudly boasts itself to be 97% “Angus beef seasoned with Pink Lake Salt, minced one way then cut against the strands for a juicy burger with a big flavour.” This is the same as the burger that Heston made in his TV series “In search of perfection”. You can also get a “Brioche dough makes a bun that’s soft and rich with a touch of buttery sweetness” And a Ketchup that is “Rich in umami it’s the perfect balance of savoury, sweet and acidity, with just a hint of a fiery kick.” So off to Coles I went and purchased the patties, the buns the sauce and some other odds and ends. Lettuce, Onions, cheese, mushrooms, dried porcini, and importantly a patty to compare. I chose Coles Wagyu beef patties which are according to Coles “Gourmet burgers made with finely ground Wagyu beef sourced from one of Australia’s best breeders, then lightly seasoned with Murray River rock salt.” I chose this because it was basically the same price, was the same weight: 320gms (160gms per patty) and was supposedly a quality burger patty. Cooking 1 First Impressions: The Buns look a little stale despite being baked the day before, the patties look enemic and bland although the sauce seems to have great flavour. The Coles Wagyu beef patty however looks the right size and the right colour. The Test: We decide to make four burgers for the test. One will be a plain burger with minimal ingredients with the Coles Wagyu patty on it. One will be my dream burger using the Heston patty, one will be Andrews dream burger with the Heston Patty and one will be a control using the Heston Patty, all burgers will use the same basic sauce and the same bun. Andrew makes an amazing basic burger sauce that was frankly so good I’m going to share it with you. cooking 3 Ingredients:

  • Heston’s Burger sauce
  • Best Foods Mayonnaise
  • American Mustard
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

Add ingredients according to taste. Or get Andrew to do it. I make a porcini mushroom duxcell and caramelise some onions whilst Andrew is manning the flame grill. We settle on the closest thing we can find to American cheese on a public holiday and Polish pickles. 20140609_122949   cooking 4 The Results: The first burger just had sauce, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, cheese, pickles and the Coles Wagyu patty. It’s fine. A fine burger, the patty is a little rissoley a quick read of the ingredients reveal it to have 10% “filler” which we assume is mostly circus animal and sawdust. But it’s not terrible. The bun is very good, refreshing it on the grill made it come to life. Burger cut The next burger is mine; I have mushroom duxcell, caramelised onions, cheese, lettuce, sauce, tomato and the Heston Patty. Wow! That patty is pretty good, it’s doesn’t have that aged steaky flavour that we were both hoping but it is a prime beef burger patty without a hint of “sausage” flavour too it which in retrospect the Wagyu Patty certainly had. The only criticism is that it’s massive, 160gms? Yeah… I don’t think so. More like 200gms. Doesn’t quite fit the bun. Which is odd because that’s the bun it was made for. burger chris Andrews burger is almost the same as mine but he nixes the mushroom and the onion adds some raw onion and some bacon. Mnnnnnn, yep these are some good burgers. The control is eaten by our test subject who was bought in to support our findings. Apart from deciding that my combination of flavours was nowhere near as good as Andrews (although as he’s editing this he’ll probably change the results – *edited) she agreed Heston’s patty was WAY better than the alternative. Burger me 1 Conclusion: If you want a burger and it’s a toss-up between heading out and eating in. Go out, there are tons a great burger places that do at least as good a burger if not better with much less hassle. However if you are making burgers for people that are coming over? Or you just really want to cook a burger and eat it in front of the TV? There’s no way you wouldn’t get this over any mass produced burger patty, bun, sauce combination on the market. Come BBQ season these are going to fly off the shelves.

  1. Naira says:

    You lost me at Duxcell… *Duxelle

  2. Strangely, the way it was spelt didn’t affect the taste.

  3. Well this is true. But as an editor I make a good cook…

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