A few weeks ago my sister was in town and requested an extra special burger. So I made her one of my most inspired creations yet: The Vegemite Cheeseburger.
Vegemite and cheese are best mates and the cheeseburger is one of the world’s greatest achievement, so that got me thinking…
I’ve been a bit obsessed with the amazing umami properties of vegemite recently and have been using it wherever possible, such as putting it on roasts. It’s a pretty awesome condiment when you start thinking beyond just putting it on toast.
Another thing I’ve been doing is making a lot of stuffed burgers, so this burger was to be no different.
Begin by applying vegemite to the bottom of the well in the patty then fill the remainder with cheese – I used a mature cheddar as I wanted something bitey.
Every burger needs a killer sauce and the theme of the dish inspired a brand new creation: Vegemite freakin’ Aioli.
Stumbling across this unlikely duo was one of my finer moments – it’s salty, garlicky, creamy – everything you want in a condiment and more.
Aspiring MasterChef contestants may want to make their own aioli but whatever, ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
Once stuffed, grill your burger patties. Y’all know by now that I would prefer it if you grill over charcoal or woodfire, but either way these burgers will still rock your world.
When I cooked the Jamie Oliver Insanity Burger I learned the technique of brushing the burger with sauce to get a gnarly crust going on. Staying on this burger’s modus operandi I applied vegemite to the exterior of the burger to give a salty crust to this bad boy.
One of the other vegemite and cheese super friends is avocado so I put a healthy serve in to the burger to help balance out all that salty goodness.
I’ve made a lot of burgers in my time and there is no hesitation in declaring this one the best I have ever made – shit, I don’t know that I will ever top this.
Make it. Apply to face. Thank me later.