Chipotle Beef Burger With Caramelised Onions inspired by Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994), Jules eats the Big Kahuna Burger. (43 mins 13 seconds)
Feast like Jules in Pulp Fiction with a lean beef burger with Tex-Mex style chipotle mayo, crisp lettuce and a buttery brioche bun. To hit the flavour sweet-spot, serve smothered in caramelised onions. This one’s a cult classic.
For 2 people [double for 4]
- 2 butter brioche buns
- 20g chipotle paste
- 250g British lean beef mince (<5% fat)
- 3 white potatoes
- 50ml mayonnaise
- 1 gem lettuce
- 2 red onions
You’ll also need
- Olive oil, pepper, salt, sugar, vegetable oil
Cooking instructions 35 mins
For 2 people [double for 4]
Preheat the oven to 220°C / 200°C (fan) / gas 7. Cut the potatoes (skins on) into chips. Add the chips to a baking tray with a drizzle of vegetable oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give everything a good mix up and put the tray in the oven for 20-25 min or until golden and crisp.
While the chips are cooking, peel and finely slice the red onions. Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a drizzle of olive oil over a medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced red onions with a pinch of salt and sugar. Reduce the heat to very low and cook the onions, stirring frequently, until ready to serve or until they have softened and caramelised.
Meanwhile, season the lean beef mince with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Massage the meat with clean hands for 1 min (this helps them to hold their shape whilst cooking). Divide the mince into 2 , shape them into patties and refrigerate until later.
Slice the brioche buns in half. Heat a separate, large, dry, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a medium heat and add the brioche halves, cut-side down, and cook for 2-3 min or until toasted (save the pan).
Combine the mayo with the chipotle paste (can’t handle the heat? Go easy!) in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper – this is your chipotle mayo.
Wash the gem lettuce, then pat it dry with kitchen paper. Remove 2  outer lettuce leaves and set them aside for serving. Tear the remaining lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Add the torn lettuce leaves to a bowl and mix with a drizzle of olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper – this is your crisp lettuce salad.
Return the reserved pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Once hot, add the lean beef burger patties and cook them for 4-5 min on each side or until they’re cooked through.
Tip: Keep pressing the patties down with a spatula to keep them flat
To assemble, top each toasted brioche base with a reserved lettuce leaf, a generous dollop of the chipotle mayo, a lean beef burger patty, caramelised onions and a toasted brioche lid – this is your chipotle lean beef burger with caramelised onions. Serve any remaining chipotle mayo with the chips and crisp lettuce salad to the side. Enjoy!