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Best-ever burger with pancetta, avocado and blue cheese butter

Written by High Life North
Published 19.08.2021

Serves: 4


  • 500g best fillet steak, minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped/deseeded
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp’s rainbow peppercorn, crushed
  • 8 rashers pancetta
  • 1 avocado, peeled, de-stoned and sliced
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 75g blue cheese
  • 4 sesame buns


  1. Soften butter and mix with blue cheese, form into roll and chill
  2. Mix steak mince, onion, chilli, salt and peppercorn and form into four patties
  3. Sear patties on both sides on high then grill 3-5 minutes per side on medium heat
  4. Grill pancetta rashers on foil tray on high heat
  5. Halve buns and light brush cut half with olive oil then warm through on medium heat
  6. Place slices of avocado on the pancetta rashers and allow to warm through
  7. Slice butter roll and place one slice on each bun base, then build with patty, another slice of butter, pancetta and avocado – serve immediately


Recipe credit: By Brain George, GrillMaster and Founder of National BBQ Week (5 -18 July). Celebrating a Quarter Century of Better British BBQ’ing

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