While spending last week in the UK (lodging in cork and london provided by some wonderful friends) I had postulated the formation of what could be a perfect burger. Perfection being in the eye of the beholder, and the beholder being me, i ruminated for a solid 2 minutes on the ingredients. they are as follows
Bun: Toasted, first primed with some olive oil, basil, mozzarella and tomato
Topping: Sauteed; spinach, sliced mushroom, and some onion (rings preferred), throw in some mozarella (UPDATE: almost forgot the lightly fried pancetta slices)
Patty: Beef, add: 1 egg and breadcrumb (as adhesive), then bits of mushroom, some salt, some basil, some pepper, some diced onion. Medium rare of course.
The Side: peeled and sliced potato, some diced onion, salted, peppered; pan-fried with ketchup/mayo/ranch/hotsauce added post according to taste. basically hashbrowns.
Wash it down: Plain vanilla milkshake or a deep irish stout (introduced to beamish while in Cork, Thanks Daniel!)
Attempted to make this the night i got back, in the company of a few friends, had to substitute the milkshake/stout with wine, but the burger was lauded by my company as my best burger attempt to date. No photos unfortunately.
post-rationalization: This burger is pretty italian, i think i'll call it a pretty italian.