It is almost one year ago that I ate my first ‘Old Burger’. It was a sunny day and I was at the Amsterdam Burger Festival. There were many food stands with the most delicious looking hamburgers. I was walking around with a drink, getting hungry of all the rich smells and there I saw it. I immediately knew I had to try this one. The Old Burger is a burger with Old Amsterdam cheese and I have to say I think it is the best burger I ever ate (and I tried quite a few in my life). Luckily for me I learned how to make this piece of heaven.
Ingredients (for two persons):
- 2 Hamburgers
- 1 Union
- 1 Tomato
- Mayonaise (two tablespoons)
- Pancetta (you can also use normal bacon)
- 4 slices of Old cheese (preferably Old Amsterdam)
- 4 Slices of nice bread
- Butter (10 gr)
- Balsamic vinegar (one tablespoon)
- Sugar (one tablespoon)
- Olive oil
- Aluminium foil
Preferably: some lettuce (I like it to make the burger less greasy).
Cut the union and put it in the melted butter with one tablespoon of sugar. Add the tablespoon of balsamic vinegar when the sugar is caramelizing. Let it cook for 5 more minutes. Add salt and pepper by taste.
Then grill the pancetta (or bacon).
Put some olive oil, pepper and salt on the hamburgers. Grill them on a grill of BBQ for 3-4 minutes per side. Put the cheese on it and cover them with foil to melt the cheese for about 30 seconds.
Put some olive oil on the bread and grill the slices till they are nice and golden brown. Then put on two of the slices some cheese and let it melt (works well with some aluminium foil).
Now we are ready to built the burgers!
First take the slices of bread with the melted cheese. Put some slices of tomato on them. Then put the burgers, union and pancetta on top. Put some mayonnaise on the last slice of bread (and if preferred some lettuce) and finish it off.