Sizzling tips to create a banging burger

Thursday 14th Jul 2022 |

Cornish born, burger and beer restaurant, Hub Box is known for bringing Cornish coastal vibes to each of its 11 restaurants, with a menu of mouth-watering dishes using the finest quality ingredients and local craft beers.

To celebrate barbecue season, Luke Taylor, Head of food at Hub Box, shares his expert tips to create a banging burger…

When creating a burger it’s all about the best possible quality beef you can, then the ratio of meat to fat. You need to buy a prime cut of beef and then add something lean to mix through it before mincing. Chuck steak would be perfect for this, combined with a cut like rib cap, at a 60/40 ratio. Don’t over mince it and it’s best to keep flavourings to a minimum – only season when cooking.

Take your burger out of the fridge and bring it up to room temperature before cooking. It’s always best to BBQ burgers, over wood if possible to maximise taste. Season the burger, then stick it straight on the BBQ and cook on a high heat to seal in the flavour. Season again after searing – smoked salt is great for this to bring out the flavour in the meat.

The most flavoursome bun is a buttery bun in a brioche style, but not too sweet. Toast the inside first, which adds flavour to the burger and helps keep moisture in while holding everything together.

Depending on what style you want to go for, punchy sauces work really well to bring out the flavour, you also need a leaf of your choice and a great melting cheese like Swiss Emmental. It’s important to balance the flavours, so adding something sharp like a pickled onion, chilli, jalapeño, or cabbage works well to cut through the richness.

To achieve a professional result, everyone should use a cloche when cooking. While the burger is on the BBQ, melt the cheese on top, add the top burger bun, sprinkle with a few drops of water and cover with a cloche (a saucepan will do). This creates steam which softens the bun and melts everything together. Scoop the whole thing up and add it to the bottom half of the bun which needs to remain firm to keep it all intact.

To build your burger for the best flavour and texture combination, melt cheese on top of the burger put sauce on both sides of the bun and the leaves below.

More on Hub Box…

Keeping close to its coastal roots, Hub Box, the renowned and much-loved South West purveyor of award-winning burgers, barbeque and beer has come a long way from its beginnings on St. Ives harbour. With restaurants now spanning the South West and Wales, there are further plans for expansion as the impressive business continues to grow.

With its signature vibrant style, each restaurant is completely unique – celebrating South West coast and surf culture, with a modern and spirited feel.  Expect light and fresh décor, with a focus on sustainable interiors made with reclaimed materials and upcycled furnishings.

Hub Box believes food should taste incredible, with seasonality and local produce as top priorities. Local suppliers include grass-fed moorland beef from Philip Warren, free range chicken from Castlemead Poultry, artisan hot dogs from Rare and Pasture in Devon, made from free range, rare breed pork. Baker Tom’s Cornish clotted cream buns and potatoes from Colwith Farm for their hand cut fries.

The packed menu of signature burgers includes grass-fed, outdoor reared beef patties like the Hub Burger which made it to the finals of the 2021 National Burger Awards, alongside higher welfare, free-range chicken burgers like the Dirty Disco burger. Choose from a firm favourite the Halloumi Fries; and a whole menu of hand-cut, skin on, dirty fries – Mother Clucker Fries – we’re looking at you!

Hub Box also offers an extensive plant-based menu alongside meat free alternatives using produce from Beyond Meat and THIS. From the classic, Beyond All Star Burger and THIS Isn’t Buttermilk Chicken Burger, to the Zero Clucks Given dirty fries – the dishes are so delicious that they appeal to vegans, flexitarians and anyone that loves their food!

To drink, choose from American-style malt milkshakes, banging cocktails and freshly-made fruit coolers, as well as a carefully curated wine list and craft beers from breweries local to each restaurant.

As a go-to hangout for both locals and visitors who fall for its blast of freshness and feel-good vibes – each restaurant is completely unique, with sustainably sourced materials for the interiors and work from local artists adorning the walls. The atmosphere created by the team provides a space where people can be themselves, follow their instincts, have a great time and leave with a spring in their step.

Coming a long way from its beginnings as Hub on St. Ives harbour in 2003, Hub Box, first appeared in Truro in 2012 – popping up in a shipping container to create a fun vibrant place for locals and tourists to enjoy. Hub Box now has 10 restaurants across the UK, with further expansion plans for 2022.

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