Heston's smoky beef burger

'A simple smoky avocado sauce gives this burger a distinctive edge.’ Heston Blumenthal
Customise some packs of Heston from Waitrose Ultimate Beef Burgers with smoked bacon and rich and spicy avocado sauce.

Makes: 4


For the avocado sauce

1 tsp grapeseed oil
30g shallots, finely diced
Pinch smoked paprika
200g avocado, cut in half, peeled and stone removed
20g lemon juice
10g sherry vinegar
130g mayonnaise
35g fresh jalapenos, cut in very small dice, deseeded

For the burger

2 x 250g packs Heston from Waitrose 2 Ultimate Beef Burgers
4 Heston from Waitrose Alder Wood Smoked Streaky Bacon Rashers
4 burger buns, toasted
70g Waitrose Pickled Gherkins, sliced lengthways, to serve


1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the shallots until softened, add the smoked paprika and continue gently cooking for a further 10 minutes.

2. Place the avocado cut-side down on the barbecue or griddle pan until the surface has been charred. Add to the shallots mixture and, using a fork, coarsely mash the avocado to a chunky consistency. Mix with the remaining sauce ingredients and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Meanwhile, cook the burgers and bacon according to pack instructions, and toast the burger buns. Assemble the burgers - top with the avocado sauce, sliced gherkins and bacon. Add the toasted bun then serve.