Dirty Face Burgers

by Forager on November 13, 2009

Despite thinking we’ve had more than our yearly quota of barbequed meats in Buenos Aires, we were surprised to discover that we hadn’t exhausted our meat hunger entirely (and yes, there’ll be plenty more on the meat gorging when I finish curating my South America holiday photos). After a gloriously warm sunny day we arrived home from work and upon seeing the end of a streaky orange and pink sunset over the water from our balcony, we decide to fire up the barbeque and make some quick and dirty burgers.

So the Co-pilot set about and sweating down some onion and grilling some bacon and seasoned meat patties on our tiny $99 Bunnings bbq. For the big men out there that are standing next to their behemoth 4 burner monsters, guffawing at our tiny bbq – yes, it’s impossibly small and fragile but it fits our tiny balcony and does the job. Besides, I think it’s cute.



Whilst the Co-pilot toiled over the hot bbq, I seasoned some lean minced beef with salt, pepper and a dash of mustard and shaped some patties. The Co-pilot insisted that I create only 2 patties from the 500g of minced beef we’d bought, and after a doubtful raised eyebrow and some negotiation he relented and we settled on 3 patties. He was clearly determined to have 2 burgers to himself.
Patties done, I set about creating a simple creamy herb sauce from a Gordon Ramsey recipe.

Creamy herb sauce (a Gordon Ramsey recipe)
(makes enough sauce for 2-3 burgers)

  • 50g cornichons, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, rinsed, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 sml red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (150g) whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 splash worcestershire
  • 4 shakes tabasco sauce



The sauce is incredibly simple to whip up and it is amazingly tasty – tangy, herby, creamy and the chopped onion and cornichons give it an excellent bit of zesty crunch. After a few mandatory spoonfuls for taste testing purposes, we smeared it across the burgers liberally.



Then we piled on the other ingredients – you can choose your own mix, but for ours we used the following mix of ingredients:

Dirty Face Burgers
(serves 2 insanely hungry people who have cravings for obscene amounts of meat or 4 normal people)

  • 500g lean beef mince (I recommend you try and make 4 burgers from this)
  • 150g of bacon
  • 1 large brown onion
  • tasty cheese
  • chargrilled capsicum
  • pickles
  • lettuce
  • creamy herb sauce




After we finished compiling the burgers I looked at them and then the Co-pilot in disbelief. Clearly with our last few meals in Buenos Aires we’d grown accustomed to impossibly supersized meals. Not only could I not fit my mouth around my burger, I couldn’t even hold the burger together without one ingredient or another slipping out.

But it was an excellent burger – we instantly agreed the sauce recipe was a keeper as the creamy, tangy flavours complemented the meaty, greasy ingredients excellently.

The first bite evoked a reaction from both of us that can only be described as sublime, pupil dilating, eyebrow twitching happiness – instantly returning us to our Buenos Aires carnivore satiation state. And it left a very noticeable imprint of grease, sauce and a dusting of flour on our faces, hence the name, Dirty Face Burgers. So wrong, so unhealthy but so wickedly good – if you’ve got a burger craving you’ve got to try this one.

And for the record, I couldn’t finish my burger and although the Co-pilot finished one of his 2 burgers, he didn’t even come close to finishing the second burger. Not surprising as the patties alone were about 170g each – the size of a small steak in its own right and when coupled with the rest of the ingredients, a hefty calorific meal fit to feature in burger eating contests. But it certainly satisfied any residual meat cravings we had.

I think salad is on the menu for the rest of the week.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simon Food Favourites November 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm

it's all in the sauce. yummo. love those pickles too :-)

2 Helen (grabyourfork) November 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Oh you can't beat a good hamburger. I can't believe you attempted two each. Love the sound of this creamy sauce! Will have to remember it for next time.

3 yas @ hungry.digital.elf November 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Wooooooo!  It's like, BRING IT ON! Great summer BBQ companion with a beer (or two) that is!

4 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Haha I wonder how I would go with one? Burgers are so moreish! 😛 And your BBQ is cute! It's funny seeing the co-pilot's hand against the BBQ, his hand looks gigantic! 😀

5 Erica November 17, 2009 at 9:10 am

That sauce sounds fantastic! The burgers look absolutely delicious!

6 Forager November 18, 2009 at 9:23 am

Hey Simon – Sure is. They don't call it secret sauce for nothing!

Hey Helen – Very much a case of eyes bigger than stomachs. It appears we've come home from South America greedier than we left

Hey Yas – Definitely going to try this again for further bbqs and burgers. And you know what I think we were so greedy to eat we forgot the beers! Travesty!

Hey Lorraine – Haha! I didn't notice the ginormous size of his hand until you pointed it out! It's crazy!

Hey Erica – Thanks. They were definitely moreish and we'll make them again!

7 Megan@Feasting on Art November 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Ohhh! I think I would like a dirty face burger!

8 Katherine November 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

The burgers looks delicious. I love home made, you can add as much or as little as you wnat of everything. Mine would have been jam packed with pickles yummmmmmmmmmmm.

9 Forager November 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Hey Megan – I think everyone could do with a dirty face burger – perfect bbq food or in lieu of the late night kebab or whenever really.

Hey Katherine – I know. I love pickles! The more the merrier I say!

10 Arwen from Hoglet K November 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I love the name!  The sauce sounds great like a good contrast to the bacon. It's perfect to have a bbq cute enough to fit on your balcony.

11 Forager November 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

Hey Arwen – I can credit the Co-pilot with the name and yes – the sauce makes the burger. I love our little bbq – it's perfect for our tiny space and we won't feel too bad about upgrading later on.

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