Heston’s ultimate cheeseburgers


"Tender beef burgers topped with amazing home-made cheese slices and served with charred gherkins and a zingy sauce, offer the perfect balance to create my ultimate cheeseburger." Heston


225g Waitrose Rich & Creamy Davidstow Cornish Cheddar No. 5, grated
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp English mustard
25g cornflour
½ tsp dried yeast
1 tsp Marmite
125ml Duchy Originals From Waitrose Organic India Pale Ale
50g tomato ketchup
75g half-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp French’s Classic Yellow Mustard
4 Heston from Waitrose Ultimate Burgers
1 tbsp olive oil
4 gherkins, halved lengthways
4 essential Waitrose Seeded Burger Buns, halved and toasted
2 vine tomatoes, sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 Little Gem lettuce hearts, broken into leaves


1. To make the cheese slices, line a 2cm-deep, 20x30cm baking tin with baking parchment. Mix the cheese, Worcestershire sauce, English mustard, cornflour, yeast and Marmite. Place in the fridge for 2 hours.

2. Pour the ale into a pan, set over a medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Slowly add the cheese mixture, a handful at a time, stirring until all of the cheese has been incorporated. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and continue to whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared tin and leave to cool to room temperature.

3. Once cool, cut into 6 squares. Cover with clingfilm and chill.

4. To make the sauce, place the ketchup, mayonnaise and yellow mustard in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Set aside.

5. Rub each burger with a little oil and cook them on the barbecue or in a very hot pan, flipping every 15–20 seconds until cooked through. Immediately after the last flip, place a cheese slice on top of each burger and allow to melt for the final 15 seconds.

6. Place the gherkins, cut-side down, on the barbecue for about 90 seconds or until well charred.

7. To serve, place a burger topped with melted cheese on the bottom half of each bun. Add slices of tomato and onions, followed by lettuce leaves, 2 gherkin halves and a little sauce. Cover with the top half of the bun. Great served with a glass of the remaining ale.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 2½ hours chilling
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 mintues plus 2½ hours chilling

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2765.624kJ
Fat 36.6g
Saturated Fat 14.3g
Carbohydrate 45.3g
Sugars 10.9g
Salt 3.1g

37.6g protein, 4.6g fibre

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2 stars

Average user rating Based on 282 ratings

This recipe was first published in Tue Jul 30 14:28:00 BST 2013.