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Diner Cheeseburger

Extract from Dirty Food • By Carol Hilker • Published by Ryland Peters & Small


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Dirty Food
According to food historians, the cheeseburger was invented in 1920 in Pasadena, California, a remarkable 20 years after the hamburger first appeared. Lionel Sternberger (no pun intended), a cook at his father’s sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, one day decided to place a slab of American cheese on a hamburger, inventing one of the world’s most loved sandwiches.

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  • Step 1

    First, make the Dijonnaise by finely chopping the white onions and frying with the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the cream and mix in the mustard. Season the mixture and simmer until the sauce takes a mustardy colour and is relatively thick.

  • Step 2

    Mix together the minced beef, minced onion and pressed garlic. Shape into patties and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill to your liking.

  • Step 3

    In a medium frying pan, fry 8 slices of maple-cured or regular bacon and 4 eggs, and set aside.

  • Step 4

    Cut a brioche bun in half and spread a layer of Dijonnaise. Place a cooked patty on top, then a slice of cheese, followed by a fried egg, 2 slices of bacon and some chopped dill pickle.

  • Step 5

    Serve with hand-cut fries, ranch dressing and sweet and sour pickle relish.

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