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Classic Beef meets Blue

A Castello® Burger Blue cheese slice melted over a beef pattie, crispy bacon, creamy mushroom sauce and watercress. All your favourite flavours in a bun.

Serves: 4

For the patties:

800g minced beef

1 brown onion, peeled and finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

3 teaspoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons horseradish cream


For the creamy mushroom sauce:

200g Swiss Brown mushrooms, cut into 1cm slices

3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped

200ml créme fraiche

1 tablespoon butter


You will also need:

8 thin slices round pancetta

Good quality tomato relish

Bunch watercress (or rocket)

4 slices Castello® Burger Blue cheese

4 white burger buns

Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil


* image courtesy of Katie Quinn Davies



  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  2. To make the patties combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Shape into 4 patties about 11cm in diameter and place on a plate lined with paper towel. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Line two trays with baking paper. Spread out the pancetta on one of the lined trays and bake for 6-10 minutes or until crisp and browned.
  4. Heat a griddle pan until hot. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side then transfer to second lined tray, place in the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes or until done to your liking. In the last 2 minutes of cooking add a slice of Castello® Burger Blue so it softens slightly on the pattie.
  5. Meanwhile heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the sliced mushrooms along with thyme leaves and season well with salt and black pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing frequently for 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add butter and cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until butter is melted and mushrooms are coated. Remove from heat and add the créme fraiche.
    Stir until combined.
  6. To assemble, add watercress to burger bun base, add tomato relish, pattie with Castello® Burger Blue cheese slice, mushroom sauce and top with burger bun lid.



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