Burger and Fried Pickles Recipe / Meat Liquor Inspired

*Trawling through my old drafted posts, I found this old Meat Mission inspired cooking session I embarked on a few months ago.*

Inspired by my visit to Meat Mission, I had to try and recreate the mouthwatering greasy goodness of THAT burger. Not forgetting my favourite part of the meal, the fried pickles! Not only were they incredibly addictive but the crispy batter enhanced one of my favourite foods. Who doesn't love a good pickle?

Knowing where to start making a Meat Mission replica feast was a challenge. I googled possible recipes and the best one I came across was from this wonderful blog 'Do Try These At Home'. I replaced the onions in the 'onion ring recipe' with pickles so I could recreate my favourite part of Meat Mission.

Fried Pickle Recipe

1 Jar of large gherkins
3 cups/500ml of Lager
1 tbsp Malt vinegar
1 cup of Self-raising flour
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper

1. Slice the gherkins in to strips, ensuring the slices are not too thin.

2. Place the strips in to a bowl and pour over 2 cups of beer.

3. Add the malt vinegar, salt and pepper to the bowl; leaving the gherkins to soak and soften from anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours. Any longer and they will get soggy. (I'm inpatient so left them for 30mins)

4. Combine flour, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a mixing bowl.

5. Slowly add 1 cup of beer to the mixture, whisking gradually. The end product will be thick, but runny.

6. Drain off the beer and vinegar mixture, and place the gherkins in to the bowl of batter.

7. Heat a deep pan with 1-2 inches of hot oil. Ensure each gherkin piece is coated in the batter and then place them one or two at a time in to the pan.

8. The recipe states a minute or two on each side with a golden colour appearing once their done. However mine took ages to cook! It's all about trial and error!

Dead Hippie Sauce

3 1/2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Ketchup
1 tbsp French's yellow mustard
1 1/2 tbsp Chopped sweet pickles
1 tsp Worcester sauce 

1. Chop the pickles and combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add lashings of the sauce on to the burger and on to your plate for the fried pickles. Best. Sauce. Ever.

Burger Recipe
(I made 4 patties from this recipe)

400g Minced chuck beef with 30% fat
4 Processed cheese slices
2 Large soft white buns
1 Cup shredded lettace
1/2 white onion
2 Sweet pickles
Salt & pepper
French's yellow mustard

1. Preheat your griddle / frying pan with a high flame. Shred the lettuce and slice the pickles thickly.

2. Finely dice half a white onion, halve your buns and place them under a grill to lightly toast.

3. Shape the mince in to patties using your hands and generously season with salt and pepper. Place them on a hot griddle. (Tip from Do Try These At Home: Pre-heating the pan is essential, because you want to get a good charring on the outside, while keeping the inside pink, so these burgers are cooked quickly.)

4. Using a spatula, press the patties down against the grill to make them thinner. After 1-2 minutes, coat the top side of the patties with mustard, then flip them down.

5. After flipping, place slices of cheese immediately on the patties and wait for the cheese to melt.

6. Assemble the burger along with the dead hippie sauce, onions, chopped gherkins and lettuce between the buns, along with the fried pickles.

Whizz together a MILK SHAKE* and your burger binge feast is complete!

* Blend together: 1 packet of strawberries, 1/4 - 1/2 tub of vanilla ice cream (depending on how thick you like it), 1 tbsp honey and a dash of milk (or more depending on how thick you like it). Sometimes I put a couple drops of vanilla essence in there too. Top with whipped cream if you fancy it.

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