Rather Special Beef Burger

Rather Special Beef Burger

Serves 4


  • 3 medium red onions, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 25 g unsalted butter

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of sugar

  • 600 g coarsely ground Scotch Beef (Lean Scotch Beef mince can be used)

  • Small red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, marjoram

  • 4 Ciabatta buns, the olive ones are very good

  • For blue cheese dressing:

  • 100 g semisoft blue cheese such as roquefort

  • 100 ml soured cream

  • Mixed baby salad leaves

  • 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices

Cooking Method

  1. Start with the caramelized onions. Fry the onions in the oil and butter over a gentle heat until transparent and soft (6 mins) then sprinkle on the salt and sugar and continue cooking, stirring from time to time until golden and sticky and beginning to crisp at the edges. Set aside.
  2. Mix together all the burger ingredients and season. Mixing them with your hands makes it easier. Shape into 4 burgers about 10- 12 cm diameter.
  3. Heat the grill to its hottest setting and cook the burgers for 3-4 mins on each side for rare, 4-5 mins for medium and 5-6 minutes for well done.
  4. Pop the split ciabatta buns under the grill to warm a little.
  5. Load up the buns with a handful of salad leaves, a couple of tomato slices, a burger, a tangle of onions and a dollop of blue cheese dressing for those who’d like it.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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